Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tony Blair: Governments Have Three Years to Deliver Progress or Face Popular Backlash
  • Translating political changes into improvements in people's lives is the big challenge for governments
  • Elections are central to democracy and people must accept the outcomes
  • The Israeli-Palestinian issue remains central to regional stability
Dead Sea, Jordan, 23 October 2011 - Translating the political changes of the Arab Spring into improvements in people's lives is the greatest challenge facing governments in the region today. "Unless ordinary people see tangible progress over the next three years, there will be a huge popular backlash," said Tony Blair, UN Middle East Quartet Representative, speaking on a panel about geopolitical trends at the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World, held at the Dead Sea, Jordan.

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