Jan. 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Carter Center Commends Tunisian Assembly on Historic Achievement
The Carter Center congratulates Tunisian National Constituent Assembly members and the Tunisian people on the promulgation of its new constitution.
The adoption of a new constitution marks a historic milestone in Tunisia's transition toward democracy. The Center commends the Tunisian people who, despite many challenges, worked together to elaborate a constitution that reflects their diversity and strongly protects their democratic rights.
The Tunisian experience not only lays the foundations for a democratic state there, but also serves as a reference point for other countries in transition.
"By adopting a new constitution through a peaceful and consensual process, Tunisia has sent a message of hope to other countries in the region that are struggling to achieve freedom and democracy," former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said.
The approval of the new constitution is only one step on the road toward democracy. The Carter Center encourages all Tunisian stakeholders to support the newly approved transition government during the remaining transitional period, create the legal institutions provided for in the constitution, and hold genuine elections in the coming months, while also maintaining the spirit of consensus that has been critical to the success of the constitutional process.
Following its observation of the October 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections, The Carter Center is monitoring the constitution-making process and developments related to the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for subsequent elections. The Center assesses these processes against Tunisia's national laws and international treaty obligations.
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