Dispatch of an Observer Mission from Japan for the National Constituent Assembly's election in the Republic of Tunisia

October 21, 2011

  1. The Government of Japan decided to dispatch an observer mission, headed by Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and composed of 14 members, from October 22 to 24 to assist free, fair and pacific election to be conducted in the National Constituent Assembly’s election in Tunisia scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 23.

  2. The mission is composed of officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and staffs of the Embassy of Japan in Tunisia as well as staffs of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and a university professor specializing in Maghreb regional studies including Tunisia.

  3. The National Constituent Assembly’s election in Tunisia will constitute not only the first election in the country since the political change in January this year, but also the election to be held in the country which is the origin of the on-going historical changes in the Middle Eastern and North African region. From this standpoint, the election will have importance as the first essential step toward the democratization process in Tunisia, and may affect future success of reforms and democratization in the Middle Eastern and North African region as a whole.

  4. Other than the dispatch of an observer mission, Japan has dispatched, twice in June and July this year, three experts to Tunisia to assist democratic implementation of elections in the country in the framework of Japanese electoral cooperation.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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