Tunisia Constitution Passes Milestone, Final Vote Expected in Days Tunisia Constitution Passes Milestone, Final Vote Expected in Days
Constitution Passes Milestone, Final Vote Expected in Days

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Constitution Passes Milestone, Final Vote Expected in Days

National Constituent Assembly, January 2, 2014. Image credit: Al Bawsala Facebook page

National Constituent Assembly, January 2, 2014. Image credit: Al Bawsala Facebook page

By Tristan Dreisbach and Robert Joyce

Thursday evening, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) finished voting on individual articles of the post-revolutionary constitution. The document is now ready for a final vote expected this weekend.

If the constitution receives a two-thirds majority vote, it will be formally adopted. If it fails to reach this threshold, it must face a popular referendum, a step political leaders wish to avoid.

The conclusion of voting came despite disputes over remaining aspects of the constitution during the past week. This included Article 6, which addressed the relationship between the state and religion, and the final articles of the constitution, which governed the transition following the document's adoption.

Assembly members frequently cited the death Wednesday night of their colleague Mohamed Allouche. At the beginning of the session, several told NCA Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar that they could not be asked to work after his tragic passing.

Following the last vote, which agreed on the document's concluding statement, assembly members spontaneously sang the national anthem, a moment of unity seen before in the chamber.

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