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AU: readiness to carry on action with Tunisia and assist it in democratic process

Published the:  11/11/2011

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November 11, 2011 - TAP - Efforts exerted by the various stakeholders involved in the electoral operation to ensure success of this key political event were the focus of the meeting held on Friday, between Interim President Foued Mebazaa and African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Jean Ping.
The two senior officials also exchanged views on the developments in several regions of the African continent.
At the end of talk, Mr. Ping said that his visit to Tunisia testifies to the major interest lent by Africa in general, and the AU Commission in particular, to Tunisia, "a country" he describes as "a model, as it managed to start the democratic process and organise elections without any drifts or violence."
Besides, he recalled that an African observation mission had been dispatched to Tunisia, that it had made excellent reports on the operation and confirmed the transparent and free nature of the elections, voicing pride at seeing an African country succeed in the organisation of such elections at a difficult juncture.
"I came here to congratulate the Tunisian authorities and people and the winners in these elections," he added.
Mr. Jean Ping concluded by reiterating the AU's readiness to carry on action with Tunisia and assist it in its democratic process, while endeavouring to set the Tunisian experience, which is progressing with sure steps, up as a model.
The meeting was notably attended by Secretary of State to Foreign Affairs Radhouane Nouicer.