27 January 2014

Tunisia: New Constitution Adopted With Majority of 200 Votes

Photo: World Bank
It has taken two years for the political parties to draft the country's new constitution (file photo).

Bardo — Meeting on Sunday evening in a plenary session, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted Tunisia's Constitution with a majority of 200 votes for, 12 against and 4 abstentions.

Proud of this gain, NCA deputies chanted the national anthem, cheered glory for Tunisia and slogans of faithfulness to the martyrs and wounded of the Revolution.

"Though we are convinced that the ideal does not exist, we do know that this Constitution is a perfect document which guarantees rights and liberties and provides the necessary mechanisms to the establishment of the rule of law and democracy," NCA President Mustapha Ben Jaafar indicated before the vote on the draft Constitution.

"It is the Constitution of the second Republic," he said.

"All eyes are on Tunisia's democratic experience," he reminded, adding "the adoption of the Constitution represents in several respects an eloquent proof of the success of one of the trials of the democratic edification process."

Mr. Ben Jaafar seized this historical event to pay tribute to all those who have contributed to the drafting of the Constitution, without forgetting the efforts exerted by the media, the security forces and the civil society components to ensure the smooth conduct of the NCA proceeding.

Earlier, the full text of the draft Constitution had been read out before the 216 Assembly members, in the presence of the NCA President and his two deputies.

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