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Tunisia marks annversary of election

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 01:22

Oct. 24 - Tunisians mark the one year anniversary of the country's first free elections, others still unhappy with the current regime. Julie Noce reports.

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One year after the first Arab nation began what would be remembered as the Arab Spring, Tunisians are celebrating. A gathering of government supporters stood in front of the National Consituent Assembly to mark the one year anniversary of the elections which saw a three-pronged moderate Islamist-led governmnet take office. But across the street....demonstraters who are unhappy with the current regime. Protest groups span the political spectrum. Some say those in power have not gone far enough to implement the gains of the revolution. They want more freedom of expression, and a new constitution. At the other end, conservative Muslims want the government to crack down on secular opposition and eventually, hope to see sharia law enacted. One member of the National Consituent Assembly explained the delicate balance. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NCA MEMBER, MAHMOUD ALBAROUDI, SAYING: "Inside the national constitution assembly (NCA) there is a serious problem that the general situation of the country is unstable. We have to be more careful with how we deal with this situation so we do not provoke the Tunisian people because of the situation that they are living with. One year on since the NCA elections, there is nothing to tell us the goals of the revolution have been achieved." The ruling party has announced presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in June of 2013.

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Tunisia marks annversary of election

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 01:22