Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on the recent parliamentary elections in Tunisia:

“It is another big step toward a democratic transition in Tunisia that stands in contrast to the upheavals elsewhere since the birth of Arab Spring,” said Amy Hawthorne, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Hariri Center for the Middle East.

The alliance Nidaa Tounes – whose name means “Call for Tunisia” – took the most votes, but not enough for a majority of seats.

Hawthorne said she detected some fear among voters that the alliance victory comes with many figures from the old regime who could lead to a government that does not embrace democratic practices.

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