Oral history interview with Chafik Sarsar, 2015
Chafik Sarsar was president of the High Commission for the Realization of the Objectives of the Revolution in Tunisia (ISIE) from January 2014 to May 2017. He is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Tunis, and a professor at the High Institute of Magistracy. He is secretary general of the Association for Research on Democratic Transition and a founding member of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law.
Scope and Contents
Chafik Sarsar, president of the Tunisian High Commission for the Realization of the Objectives of the Revolution in Tunisia (ISIE), relates his experience of the Tunisian Revolution, of the process of creation of the ISIE, and of the successful legislative and presidential elections in 2014. After Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's flight, a commission for political reform was created and presided over by Yadh Ben Achour. This commission established the ISIE, initially as a temporary authority. It was made permanent with an organic law in 2012, and its nine members were elected in 2014 for six years. The commission was in charge of preparing the presidential and legislative elections of 2014 in collaboration with the technocratic government and in the presence of about eighty thousand international and local observers. Despite several attempts of falsification, the ISIE earned the trust of the citizens by promoting transparency. Sarsar discusses the processes and challenges involved in this endeavor.
Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2015.