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France: Egypt should look to Tunisia's example

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, an Egyptian woman dances in front of a polling station holding a poster of Egypt's Defense Minister, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and a national flag in the second day of the vote in the country's constitutional referendum in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

PARIS: France's president says Egypt should look to Tunisia's example in building a democracy after uprisings that shook both countries.

Francois Hollande, in an annual speech about global diplomacy, said Friday that Tunisia's negotiations toward a new constitution "prove that the (democratic) process can succeed." He added: "This example could inspire other countries: I think of Egypt."

Tunisia overthrew its dictator three years ago and was followed by revolts in Egypt and elsewhere.

Tunisia has suffered protests and economic troubles but has been more stable than Egypt, which has been beset by violence and a military coup. Egypt's military chief just won backing for its new constitution written by a panel of experts.

Tunisia's elected constitutional assembly spent two years writing its document, which is expected to be approved soon.





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