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PES: democratic elections in Tunisia important step forward

On 21 December 2014 the second round of the Presidential elections in Tunisia was held. The elections were won by Beji Caid Essebsi, representing the Nidaa Tounes Party. PES Secretary General Achim Post said: "The fair and democratic elections of Sunday were an important step forward on the road to democracy in Tunisia. Tunisia proves that a democratic transition is possible". PES Deputy Secretary General Marije Laffeber took part in the international observer mission in the Tunisian city of Sfax.

The 2014 legislative and presidential elections are a key milestone in Tunisia’s democratic transition, capping the constitution-drafting period and ushering in new leaders with a five year mandate to take measures to enforce security and foster economic growth.

After Ben Ali’s departure in 2011, several successive interim governments paved the way for a political transition. The December 21, 2014 Presidential runoff election in Tunisia marks the culmination of a constitutional and electoral phase that has lasted nearly four years.

During the first round in November 2014, 27 presidential candidates competed with eachother. Beji Caid Essebsi and incumbent interim President Moncef Marzouki (installed in December 2011) were the two candidates left during the elections of Sunday.

Marije Laffeber took part in the international observer mission of NDI in Sfax, the second largest city in Tunisia. She said: "The second round of the Presidential elections were run in a very orderly, transparent and calm way. Voters were motivated. These elections are very encouraging for the future of Tunisia and for the region". 

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