Tunisia signs new constitution in big step toward democracy




 
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January 27th, 2014  
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Topic: Tunisia signs new constitution in big step toward democracy


President Moncef Marzouki and the head of the National Assembly signed Tunisia's new constitution on Monday, enshrining one of its last steps toward full democracy after a 2011 uprising that inspired the Arab Spring. After years of autocratic rule under Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's charter has been praised as one of the most progressive in the Arab world, designating Islam as the state religion but protecting freedom of belief and sexual equality. Parliament erupted in celebration after the official signing of the constitution following its approval by assembly deputies on Sunday evening, which ended months of deadlock that had threatened to undo Tunisia's transition. "This is an exceptional day for Tunisia, where we celebrate the victory over dictatorship.




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