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Tunisia: Cradle of the Arab Spring
November 23, 2014
A factfile on Tunisia, which holds its first multi-candidate presidential election today in the final stage of a post-revolution transition.

Geography: North African country of almost 11 million people, in an area of 163,610 square kilometres (63,170 square miles), around one-sixth of which is desert. Tunisia has a Mediterranean coastline of 1,300 kilometres (808 miles).

Recent History: After deadly protests rocked the country over unemployment and high prices,...
Two decades of EP observation missions
November 23, 2014

The EP is not only the EU's only directly-elected institution, but it also does its best to promote democracy outside Europe. This year marks 20 years of European Parliament involvement in election observation. Last year the Parliament sent delegations to observe elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay and Tajikistan. In recent months"...

'Bajbouj': Old leader, new Tunisia
November 23, 2014

Nothing will stick more in the minds of voters in Tunisia's presidential election of November 23 than the nickname "Bajbouj". It is today the most uttered term of endearment referring to 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, a seasoned politician, and the closest thing Tunisians have to a presidential frontrunner."...

November 23, 2014

Tunisians were accustomed to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country’s red and white colors as a defender on the national football squad.

So it came as a shock when he appeared in a camouflage jacket with a Kalashnikov rifle across his thigh in a photograph from Syria posted"...

November 23, 2014

The Arab world will be watching as Tunisia conducts what is being billed as its first free and fair presidential election. As the incumbent president Moncef Marzouki put it, the rest of the Middle East and North Africa region is looking to Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, to prove that an Arab country is “capable of democracy”.


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