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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
October 7, 2011


WASHINGTON— The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) announced the following briefing:

Elections and Political Transition in Tunisia

Thursday, October 13, 2011

9:30 a.m.

B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

On January 14, 2011, longtime President of Tunisia Zine el Abidine Ben Ali fled the country following weeks of mounting anti-government protests. Tunisia’s mass popular uprising, known as the “Jasmine Revolution,” sparked anti-government and pro-reform movements in other countries across the region, and precipitated the Arab Spring. On October 23, 2011 Tunisia will hold national elections to select a transitional, 218-seat “National Constituent Assembly,” which will be charged with drafting a new constitution and preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections.  Please join us for a discussion of what these elections will mean for the consolidation of democracy in Tunisia and throughout the region.

Scheduled to make presentations:

Stephen McInerney, Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Barrie Freeman, Director for North Africa, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Mohamed Malouche, President, Tunisian American Young Professionals

Media Contact: Shelly Han
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