Presidential elections in Tunisia "critical" in country's transition

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Voting in Tunisia Constituent Assembly Elections in October 2011. Photo: UNDP/Noeman Al-Sayyad

A critical step has been made in Tunisia's transition following Sunday's presidential run-off elections, according to the UN Secretary-General

The first round of the elections was held on 23 November but no candidate won a majority.

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the second round of the presidential elections.

They are the first democratic elections after the Tunisian Revolution in 2011 which was sparked by a vendor who set himself on fire after police officers confiscated his cart.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General commends the Tunisian people on the successful holding of the second round of democratic presidential elections on 21 December and congratulates Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi on his election. This historic event is a critical step in the country’s transition and a clear demonstration of the people’s desire for accountability and representative government. The Secretary-General expresses the hope that the Tunisian people and their newly elected authorities will continue to embrace the spirit of inclusiveness that has guided the transition up to this moment." (29")

Ban Ki-moon reiterated the availability of the United Nations to continue supporting the Tunisian authorities as they tackle the challenges the country is facing and pursue the process of democratic consolidation and economic development.

The Secretary-General also congratulates the Tunisian electoral authorities for their continued efforts in finalizing the process.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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