President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released statements on the Tunisian elections held October 23, 2011. President Obama said:
"Today, less than a year after they inspired the world, the Tunisian people took an important step forward. I congratulate the millions of Tunisians who voted in the first democratic elections to take place in the country that changed the course of history and began the Arab Spring. Just as so many Tunisian citizens protested peacefully in streets and squares to claim their rights, today they stood in lines and cast their votes to determine their own future. Now, Tunisia begins the hard work of forming an interim government, drafting a new Constitution, and charting a democratic course that meets the aspirations of all Tunisians. The United States reaffirms its commitment to the Tunisian people as they move toward a democratic future that offers dignity, justice, freedom of expression, and greater economic opportunity for all."
Secretary Clinton said:
"I join President Obama in congratulating the people of Tunisia on their first ever democratic elections. Yesterday's vote, which elected a new Constituent Assembly, is a historic milestone on Tunisia's path from autocratic dictatorship to a government that respects the will of the people. We encourage the Constituent Assembly to operate in a transparent and inclusive manner as they undertake this new democratic responsibility and fulfill the Tunisian people's aspirations for accountability, wider economic opportunity and respect for universal human rights.
"As Tunisia's brave citizens chart a new democratic future, they continue to set an example for the region and the world. The United States remains committed to working with the government and people of Tunisia as they pursue a more peaceful, prosperous and democratic future."