Tunisia’s successful presidential elections ‘critical step’ in country’s transition – Ban

Voting in Tunisia Constituent Assembly Elections in October 2011.
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Voting in Tunisia Constituent Assembly Elections in October 2011.

Tunisia’s successful presidential elections ‘critical step’ in country’s transition – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the Tunisian people on the successful holding of the second round of presidential elections on 21 December and congratulated the winner, Beji Caid Essebsi.

“This historic event is a critical step in the country’s transition and a clear demonstration of the people’s desire for accountable and representative government,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman.

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.”

Reiterating 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, Mr. Ban also congratulated Tunisian electoral authorities for their continued efforts in finalizing the process.