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Palestinian delegation in Tunisia to help monitor elections

Oct. 23, 2011 12:25 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 25, 2011 8:22 P.M.)
Correction appended

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A member of Tunisia's High Commission for the Realization of Revolutionary Goals, Political Reforms and Democratic Transition has welcomed a Palestinian delegation who will help monitor elections taking place Sunday.

Ridha Belhadj welcomed lawmakers Fuad Kukali, Muhammad Lahham, Ahmad Shreim and Dous Darras, in addition to the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Tunisia Salman al-Harfi on Saturday.

The delegation congratulated Belhadj and the Tunisian people for lighting the spark which triggered the Arab Spring. They also highlighted that Tunisia had embraced the PLO after their exile from Beirut in 1982, hosting the organization until its return to Palestine.

Belhadj said he was happy to have Palestinian lawmakers “witnessing the democratic ceremonies in Tunisia.” He reiterated that post-revolution Tunisia would continue to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and independence.

“Tunisia is looking forward to a visit by president Mahmoud Abbas right after elections, so he will be the first Arab president to congratulate the Tunisian people, just as he was the first to congratulate them for the success their revolution made.”

The election on Sunday is the first free vote in Tunisia's history, and the first election of the Arab Spring, which was triggered by the self immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed university graduate in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid.

(This version corrects an editing error: Ridha Belhadj is a member of Tunisia's transitional council, not a representative of the Hizb ut-Tahrir movement. The two share the same name.)
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