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Arab Spring will fail unless Tunisia transition succeeds -foreign minister

Published on Feb 27, 2014 3:19 AM
 

PARIS (REUTERS) - Tunisia said on Wednesday that it needs more help from its European partners in its transition to democracy because if it fails no other country in the Arab region will succeed.

During a visit to Paris to boost economic ties and seek help to bolster security to fight Islamist militants, foreign minister Mongi Hamdi said his country had done "exemplary" work to move towards elections by the end of the year, but more support was needed.

"We, Tunisians, have done our job, exemplary work," Hamdi said at a news conference with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius. "Now we're waiting for our partners to come and help us accomplish our mission for a democratic transition." After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisian factions finally adopted a new constitution in January and the ruling Islamists stepped aside for a caretaker administration to govern until elections.

While the North African country has advanced towards democracy since the 2011 revolution that toppled President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, other countries such as Libya and Egypt have seen unrest since overthrowing their long-ruling autocratic rulers.

 
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