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US gives $20 million to support Tunisian democracy

US gives $20 million to support Tunisian democracy

The Obama administration says it is providing $20 million to support the democratic transition in Tunisia following the popular uprising that ousted the North African country's longtime autocratic leader in January and emboldened anti-government protesters across the Middle East.
The State Department announced Tuesday that the money will go to help draft a new constitution, strengthen political parties and nonpartisan civic groups, develop a framework for free and fair elections, create a professional and independent news media and encourage economic reforms. Tunisia's revolt was a catalyst for the unrest that is now sweeping Arab countries. The United States is concerned that the revolutions may be hijacked by extremists or antidemocratic forces.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Tunisia last week to pledge U.S. backing for democratic change.


Updated : 2021-04-17 09:21 GMT+08:00