EU Working on Aid for Tunisia's Political Transition

Protesters gather in front of the headquarters of the Constitutional Democratic Rally party of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 20 in Tunis. The European Union is putting together a plan to aid Tunisia's political transition. Photo by: Nasser Nouri

The European Union is putting together a plan to aid Tunisia’s political transition.

Speaking to reporters on Feb. 8 in Rabat, Morocco, Stefan Fule, European commissioner for enlargement, revealed that the African country had requested short-term assistance to help move the process forward.

As reported by Devex in late January, the EU has pledged its readiness to help Tunisia move to democracy following the ouster of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

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“What we are doing currently in the European Union, and particularly in Tunisia at the request of authorities, is putting together some kind of transformation package, setting up new priorities within the national indicative programme, within the support provided (by the bloc) to Tunisia,” Fule said, as quoted by Reuters. “The aim of that process is to address first of all the short-term needs of the transition process in Tunisia.”

Fule added that the EU is considering a similar plan for Egypt, where weeks of protests for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak have put the country in political and economic limbo.

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