Category: Politics

Article Protecting Religion Complicates Nearly-Completed Constitution

Article Protecting Religion Complicates Nearly-Completed Constitution

| 24 January 2014 | 2 Comments

Asma Smadhi and Tristan Dreisbach contributed reporting. The conclusion of voting on individual articles on Tunisia’s constitution, while cheered by lawmakers, has resulted in the inclusion of certain articles in the document that some observers say infringe on basic freedoms. On Thursday night, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) completed the article-by-article voting process on all [...]

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Constitution Passes Milestone, Final Vote Expected in Days

Constitution Passes Milestone, Final Vote Expected in Days

| 23 January 2014 | 0 Comments

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 [...]

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Mohamed Allouche, Tunisian Assembly Member, Dies at 60

Mohamed Allouche, Tunisian Assembly Member, Dies at 60

| 23 January 2014 | 0 Comments

Asma Smadhi contributed reporting. Mohamed Allouche, a National Constituent Assembly member from the northern city of Bizerte, died Wednesday night of a heart attack, according to state news agency TAP. He was 60. Allouche was elected to the NCA from the Ettakatol party, but had since co-founded the Third Path party, in which he was [...]

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Assembly Floor Erupts Over Constitution Article on Religion

Assembly Floor Erupts Over Constitution Article on Religion

| 22 January 2014 | 2 Comments

By Robert Joyce and Safa Ben Said For the second night in a row, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session ended in shouting and confusion. On Tuesday night, NCA member Ibrahim Kassas stood from his chair and repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) before fainting. Kassas, seen screaming in the video above, declined to [...]

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The UGTT Labor Union: Tunisia’s Powerbroker

The UGTT Labor Union: Tunisia’s Powerbroker

| 22 January 2014 | 1 Comment

By Mohamed-Salah Omri (This article originally appeared in openDemocracy, a nonprofit online publication) To understand Tunisia, one must get to grips with its labor movement. The Tunisian General Labor Union (known by its French acronym UGTT) has affected the character of Tunisia as a whole since the late 1940s. It significantly impacted the 2011 revolution [...]

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Constitutional Requirements for Presidency Adopted, Pressure Grows to Ban Insulting Religion

Constitutional Requirements for Presidency Adopted, Pressure Grows to Ban Insulting Religion

| 21 January 2014 | 2 Comments

By Tristan Dreisbach and Safa Ben Said. Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted an Article to the country’s post-revolution constitution stating the requirements to be president on Monday. The majority of the document has now been adopted, however issues still remain. According to Article 73 as adopted, the president must be over 35 years old. [...]

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Tunisia’s Draft Constitution: An English Translation

Tunisia’s Draft Constitution: An English Translation

| 21 January 2014 | 20 Comments

This translation of the articles that have so far been approved in the draft constitution uses the English translations made public by the Jasmine Foundation and the Ennahdha party as primary sources. Tunisia Live staff have contributed additional editing and translation. This post will continue to be updated as new articles and amendments are approved. [...]

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Constitution Debate Pauses Amid Calls for Ban on Insulting Religion

Constitution Debate Pauses Amid Calls for Ban on Insulting Religion

| 20 January 2014 | 1 Comment

By Tristan Dreisbach and Safa Ben Said Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly paused before taking up the last five articles of the country’s post-revolutionary constitution. Amid calls from conservatives, some members are seeking to amend a previously-approved Article to include a ban on insulting religion. While the assembly’s schedule had called for voting on the constitution [...]

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Assembly Approves Constitutional Court, Finds Consensus on Judiciary

Assembly Approves Constitutional Court, Finds Consensus on Judiciary

| 17 January 2014 | 0 Comments

Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) today finished approving articles in the draft constitution that would establish new structures and guidelines for the country’s judiciary. The articles appear to resolve disputes over judicial independence, and will establish a new Constitutional Court in the country. Voting on provisions related to the judiciary resumed on yesterday, following the [...]

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In Letter to Incoming PM, Artists Talk About Tunisia’s Future

In Letter to Incoming PM, Artists Talk About Tunisia’s Future

| 17 January 2014 | 3 Comments

In December, Mehdi Jomaa was chosen by political leaders to serve as the country’s caretaker prime minister following the expected resignation of current prime minister Ali Laarayedh. His new government is intended to resolve a months-long political deadlock by overseeing the country until new elections can be held later this year. Intellectuals, writers, and poets [...]

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