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EU delegation impressed by Tunisia election preparations

EU delegation impressed by Tunisia election preparations
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Tunisians go to the polls today in the country’s first election since the fall of former President Ben Ali’s regime in January.

They’re choosing an interim government and an assembly to draw up a new constitution.

A European Parliament delegation which has been shown details of the preparations says it’s impressed: the organisation looks democratic and transparent.

“We are here as partners and as friends, as a people that shares the dream of security and mutual prosperity in the Mediterranean, to be here and accompany the Tunisians all the way down this path,” said Rodi Karatsa-Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the Parliament.

Islamists are expected to do well in the election – which precedes another vote to choose a new president and parliament. Nine months after the revolution, the fact it is taking place seems as important as the outcome.

“We made a success of our January 14th,” said one young man, referring to the day Ben Ali was toppled. “I hope that October 23rd will be same. This avenue was full to bursting point in January, so I hope the election will do justice to all those people.”

With Tunisia leading the way in the Arab spring, euronews correspondent Sami Frade said:

“According to international delegations,

the conditions seem to be brought together for the elections to be successful, but in order for that to happen, what’s needed is a massive turnout among Tunisians.”

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