A year of Tunisia's transition to democracy

A birthplace of Arab Spring revolutions, Tunisia has successfully navigated the murky waters of post-revolutionary instability

A year of Tunisia's transition to democracy

World Bulletin/News Desk

 Following a three-year turbulent transitional period, the year 2014 has seen Tunisia's transition to full democracy after drafting a new constitution and holding free parliamentary and presidential elections.

A birthplace of Arab Spring revolutions, Tunisia has successfully navigated the murky waters of post-revolutionary instability, which engulfed Egypt, Libya and Yemen following the outer of their autocrat presidents.

At the turn of 2014, Tunisia's Constituent Assembly elected a 10-member electoral commission to set the dates for parliamentary and presidential elections before the year's end.

The Assembly also ratified Tunisia's new constitution and a new government was formed under Mehdi Jomaa, who was appointed following months of national dialogue between the country's political rivals.

Despite a number of militant attacks that threatened the country's entire transitional period, Tunisia moved on to set dates for parliamentary and presidential elections.

In October, Tunisia held parliamentary polls, which saw the turnout of nearly 69 percent of eligible voters in the North African country.

The centrist Nidaa Tounes party, led by former parliament speaker Beji Caid Essebsi, won 86 seats in the 217-member assembly followed by the Ennahda movement, which snatched 69 seats.

The following month, Tunisia held its first presidential election since the ouster of long-serving President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

The first round of the vote on November 23, in which 27 candidates had competed, resulted in a run-off between interim President Moncef Marzouki and Essebsi, who served as a parliament speaker under Ben Ali.

A runoff vote was held on December 21, which saw Essebsi elected as the country's first post-revolution president, drawing the curtains on the country's transitional period.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Aralık 2014, 15:00
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