The Carter Center Blog

On the Ground in Northwest Tunisia: Rural Voters Hope Elections Bring Much-Needed Change

Marwa Alkhairo is a Carter Center long-term election observer in northwest Tunisia and Bizerte.

“La bas alaik” and “ca va,” means “are you well,” one phrase said in Arabic, and one in French.

These two greetings are indicative of the complexity that one immediately notices upon reaching northwest Tunisia. A largely rural area that is proud of its Arab and …