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Political transition in Tunisia

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 12790 | 21 November 2011

Ms Anne BRASSEUR, Luxembourg, ALDE ; Lord Donald ANDERSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Denis BADRÉ, France, ALDE ; Mr Deniz BAYKAL, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Andris BĒRZINŠ, Latvia, ALDE ; Mr Laurent BÉTEILLE, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Şaban DİŞLİ, Turkey, EPP/CD ; Alexander [The Earl of] DUNDEE, United Kingdom, EDG ; Mr Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Davit HARUTYUNYAN, Armenia, EDG ; Mr Andrej HUNKO, Germany, UEL ; Ms Susanna HUOVINEN, Finland, SOC ; Ms Kerstin LUNDGREN, Sweden, ALDE ; Ms Nursuna MEMECAN, Turkey, ALDE ; Mr Jean-Claude MIGNON, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Patrick MORIAU, Belgium, SOC ; Mr Gebhard NEGELE, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD ; Mr Maximilian REIMANN, Switzerland, ALDE ; Mr Andrea RIGONI, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Björn von SYDOW, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Latchezar TOSHEV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD

Since the very beginning of the Tunisian revolution in early 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly voiced strong support to the democratic aspirations of the people of Tunisia. It established contacts with the transitional authorities and civil society organisations in the country, and contributed to mobilise the Council of Europe capacities in order to assist Tunisia on its transition towards democracy.

Following the election of the National Constituent Assembly on 23 October 2011, which the Assembly observed, Tunisia has now entered into a new stage in this process.

At the same time, the Council of Europe is currently working on an Action Plan aimed at facilitating Tunisia’s reform agenda.

At this important juncture, the Assembly should reaffirm its commitment in favour of the political transition in Tunisia. It should continue to maintain contacts with various parts of the Tunisian society, in particular the newly elected National Constituent Assembly, and to provide political benchmarks that could inspire Council of Europe co-operation activities focused on Tunisia.

The Assembly therefore should continue to follow closely the situation in Tunisia.