Sunday, October 23, 2011

Obama Praises Tunisia Newly Formed Islamic Government

President Obama praised the elections that was held in Tunisia today. It was the first election since the revolt that started the Arab Spring. After ousting a dictator from the country, the Tunisians wanted a new constitution. However, the projected winner of the election favors a strict Islamic state.

Obama said, "The United States reaffirms its commitment to the Tunisian people as they move toward a democratic future that offers dignity, justice, freedom of expression, and greater economic opportunity for all...I congratulate the millions of Tunisians who voted in the first democratic elections to take place in the country that changed the course of history and began the Arab Spring...Now, Tunisia begins the hard work of forming an interim government, drafting a new constitution, and charting a democratic course that meets the aspirations of all Tunisians."

Obama has no idea the magnitude of this elected Islamic party. It is a very conservative Islamic party with moderate leadership. Our president is duped thinking that this newly form government won't have some element of radicalism.

(BBC) Tunisians have voted in their first truly free elections.

More than 90% of registered voters have turned out to cast their ballot in Tunisia's election, the first free poll of the Arab Spring, officials say.

Tunisians are electing a 217-seat assembly that will draft a constitution and appoint an interim government.

Former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown nine months ago after mass demonstrations.

Islamist party Ennahda is expected to win the most votes, though it is not clear if it will gain a majority.

Mr Ben Ali fled Tunisia on 14 January amid the first of several mass uprisings across the Arab world.

Campaigning in Tunisia has been marked by concerns over splits between Islamists and secularists, party funding and voter apathy.

Electoral commission secretary-general Boubaker Bethabet said more than 90% of the 4.1 million registered citizens had voted. No figures were available for another 3.1 million unregistered people who also had the right to vote.

Polling stations began to close at 19:00 (18:00 GMT) but people still queuing at that time were being allowed to stay and cast their vote, AFP said.

Results are expected by Monday.