Three years since the revolution of 14 January 2011 and just over two years since the start of their mandate, the elected representatives of the people of Tunisia have shown the world and the African continent in particular, the value of dialogue, consultation and consensus. This historic document serves as proof that African countries can address their own challenges and produce organic legislation which meets the demands and aspirations of their people. Despite many challenges to the security and stability of the country and the region, the people, elected officials and government of Tunisia have remained steadfast in their determination to reach this significant milestone in their quest for the establishment of a democratic dispensation. Tunisia has, in the adoption of this constitution, overcome the adversities it was facing and become a shining example to the region and it is hoped that its example and experience can be drawn upon by others. The influence and success of the National Dialogue process on the achievement marked today, cannot and should not be ignored by others undergoing a democratic transition as both South Africa and Tunisia have shown the value of an all-inclusive process in negotiating a democratic transition.
Available at: http://www.dirco.gov.za/docs/2014/tuni0128.html