The Tunisian revolution preceded the Egyptian one and since then, the Tunisians pursuit of democracy has been inspiring to the Egyptians. And now the Tunisians – inside and outside Tunisia – are busy with electing members of an assembly that will appoint a new government and then write a new constitution.
Those outside Tunisia, including those living in Egypt, started the voting process three days earlier than those inside Tunisia.
Nessryne, a Tunisian living in Cairo, tweeted her feelings after voting for the first time in her life.
@nessryne: Such an emotional moment!! Cairo voting office is really cool and people are friendly but strict. #Egypt #TneElec
@nessryne: I need to calm down! I have to work today! Completely euphoric and HAPPY!!! #TneElec
Sonia El Sakka, another Tunisian in Egypt, wrote in her blog:
I voted ya Tunis :)
I did it … I finally voted … For the first time in my life what an amazing feeling of pride of happiness and of great hope for you my beautiful country … Praying for you to find the right path, Praying for my amazing Tunisian family, brothers and sisters to find our long awaited country the way we want it to be.
I am very optimistic very happy and no matter what many people think.
I Love You Tunisia the country of my birth, the country of my first smile, first word, first VOTE :)
Meanwhile, the Egyptians are watching the elections and expressing their happiness with it.
In both countries the opinion of each people about the other over the past 30 years was mostly based on their football rivalry. It is interesting to see how some Egyptians see Tunisia now, how some others used to have a different opinion earlier, and how visiting each others country has became an inspiring experience.
Being two of the older children of the so-called Arab Spring, many Egyptians have also started comparing how their post-revolution process is going to that in Tunisia.
@mohamedzezo92: كنت أتمني أن مصر تبقي زي تونس وندعو لانتخاب جمعية تأسيسة لسن دستور جديد بس ع كل الأحوال تحية لأهل تونس
@MahmoudAboBakr: الناس اللى بتقول تونس احسن مننا والثورة هناك سبقت ثورة مصر، طيب وهو فيه كتاب او كتالوج بيحدد مراحل الثورة وشكلها
Also it's a good chance to learn from the elections there, with the Egyptian elections around the corner.
@TravellerW: Are #Egypt-ians following the #Tunisia elections closely enough? From campaigning ideas to negative advertising, we must WATCH AND LEARN!!
And finally, despite the fact that they are both Arab-speaking countries, the language barrier sometimes stand in the way of those who want to follow the details of the events in Tunisia.