Germany Commits Aid for Tunisian Poll, Judicial Reforms

The German government will support the conduct of elections and judicial reforms in Tunisia following the ouster of the Arab nation’s authoritarian ruler, a Tunisian human rights leader said Feb. 12 after meeting with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.

Westerwelle said Germany is keen on providing experts and logistical assistance for the elections that are expected to be held within the next six months, according to Mokhtar Trifi, president of the Tunisian League of Human Rights.

“He (Westerwelle) also said that several German foundations as well as the government would assist in judicial reforms,” Trifi was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying.

Germany said Feb. 10 it would participate in a donors conference for Tunisia’s democratic transition following the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s two-decade regime. Members of the European Parliament proposed the donors conference for Tunisia.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

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