Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of the government and people of the United States, I would like to congratulate President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi on his victory and the Tunisian people on the successful completion of their process to elect a new government under the constitution adopted last January.

"Tunisia has provided a shining example to the region and the world of what can be achieved through dedication to democracy, consensus, and an inclusive political process. I would also like to offer my congratulations to the Independent Election Commission, which successfully managed a very complex and challenging process this year to democratically elect a parliament and president.

"Tunisia’s achievements this year lay the groundwork for a more stable, prosperous, and democratic future for the country. I look forward to working with President-elect Caid Essebsi and Tunisia’s new parliament and government to strengthen and expand our countries’ enduring friendship and strategic partnership. The United States will continue to support Tunisia as it joins the ranks of the world’s democracies, and we call on other members of the international community to do the same." ~ John Kerry