Ban Ki-Moon: Tunisia's elections a milestone in the transition to democracy

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 Oct 2014

Ki-Moon congratulated Tunisia while identifying challenges that still lay ahead

Ban Ki-moon
File Photo: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, May 11, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

The United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement relayed by his spokesperson Tuesday congratulating the Tunisian people for the country's legislative elections that took place on Sunday 26 October 2014.

"These elections are a crucial step for the country's future and mark a decisive milestone in the transition to democracy," read the statement.

The statement described the election as a moment that brings with it a great deal of hope. It added that that a number of crucial tasks still lay ahead for the incoming government.

"United Nations stands ready to support Tunisia in this respect," he stressed.

The statement also said that Ki-Moon also congratulates the Tunisian electoral authorities for their efforts in organising the polling and their continued work on the presidential elections next month.

Meanwhile, the head of the EU Observers mission to Tunisia said that the elections were "transparent and credible," AFP reported.

Tunisians voted Sunday in the first parliamentary election since the popular revolution that toppled Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali 2011. 

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