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Judiciary a Sticking Point as Assembly Votes on New Constitution
The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) found itself in a deadlock once again Tuesday over articles in the draft constitution outlining the powers of the judiciary. The assembly has been working over the past two weeks to adopt the draft constitution article by article. Articles 107 and 108 of the section on the judiciary are the...

In Viral Music Videos, Tunisians Are Clearly ‘Happy’
You might not guess it from the angry protesters in Hay Ettadhamon or the disgruntled National Constituent Assembly members emerging from Bardo at 1 a.m., but Tunisia is happy. And not just happy”Pharrell Williams' clap-along, room-without-a-roof happy. Young people in cities across Tunisia began clapping, break-dancing, and snapping ...

Parties Clash Over Judicial Oversight, Judges Threaten Strike
Raoudha Laabidi of the Tunisian Judges' Syndicate has called on all judges to take part in a general strike beginning January 15 in response to the amendments currently under discussion in the National Constituent Assembly. The amendments in question would apply to Article 103 of the constitution, which outlines the process by which members ...

Protesters and Police Clash in Tunis Neighborhood
Protesters clashed with security forces in the Ettadhamen neighborhood of Tunis Sunday night. The Ministry of Interior reported that protesters injured a police officer, attacked a bank, and vandalized a row of shops, according to ministry spokesperson Mohamed Ali Aroui. Radio station Mosaique FM reported that police forces used teargas and fired b...

Tunis Streets Fill With Trash As Workers Strike
Garbage has begun piling up on the streets of Tunis, the country's capital, since municipal trash collectors began an unexpected strike on Friday. In a statement Sunday, Tunis Governor Abderazzak Ben Khalifa called on the citizens and civil society members of Tunis to step up and take part in street cleaning campaigns until the trash...

How Does Tunisia Celebrate Al Mawlid?
Q: What is Al Mawlid Al Nabaoui? Al Mawlid Al Nabaoui, commonly just referred to as Al Mawlid in colloquial Arabic, is the celebration of the Prophet Mohammed’s birth. It falls in the month of Rabii al-Awwal on the Islamic lunar calendar. The date of the holiday on the Western calendar changes from year to...

Constitution Amendment Calls for Gender Parity in Elected Bodies
The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) today passed an amendment to an article in the draft constitution protecting women's rights and seeking to ensure gender parity in elected government. The assembly accepted an amendment to Article 45, outlining the protection of women’s rights under the new constitution. The amendment passed, wit...

Prime Minister Suspends New Vehicle Taxes After Protests
Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh announced in a press conference Thursday that all new fees imposed on vehicles by the new 2014 budget would be suspended until further notice. The statement followed a meeting this morning with several ministries and representatives of the UTICA employers' union. The decision comes after protests around the count...

Marzouki Criticizes Inclusion of Death Penalty in New Constitution
President Moncef Marzouki, in a statement Wednesday, expressed his deep disappointment in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) for allowing the death penalty in Article 21 of the new constitution. Marzouki, a long time human rights advocate, in a June 2013 memo to the NCA argued that capital punishment has never been proven to effe...

Prime Minister Laarayedh Announces Resignation
Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh announced his resignation this afternoon, saying he will oversee the government until the new government takes over. He delivered his resignation to President Moncef Marzouki this afternoon and then addressed the media. Laarayedh’s announcement comes after the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) finished voting We...