News & Events

Tunisian assembly passes new constitution

By Heba Saleh and Borzou Daragahi in Cairo, The Financial Times,  January 27, 2014

Tunisia’s constituent assembly on Sunday night voted overwhelmingly in support of a new constitution after two years of often tense political bargaining between the country’s Islamists and secularists. Zaid al-Ali, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and an expert on Arab constitutions, praised both the process that produced the Tunisian charter and the text of the constitution. “The Tunisians did a great job of negotiating the text in very difficult circumstances,” he said, citing the coup against the Islamist government in Egypt that prompted many Tunisian secularists to make maximalist demands of Islamists. “The coup pushed the process to the edge and they were teetering on the edge. They deserve a lot of credit for getting away from that.” He described the text itself as a big improvement on the country’s previous 1959 constitution because it strengthens the independence of the judiciary. “This cleavage between Islamists and secularists in Tunisia is going to continue for a very long time, so if the courts can really be considered an independent, fair institution, people will rely on them to resolve conflicts in a legal way,” he said. Mr Ali said the constitution lacks details spelling out the exercise of basic rights for individuals, but he pointed out that it also contains stronger guarantees preventing parliament from curbing rights than any charter in the Arab world.

Read more

One comment on “Tunisian assembly passes new constitution”

  • Jack says:

    The real problem that US are curelntry facing is not Iran, or says China and UN. Often observers of US political atmosphere realize the real problem t with an American global view is the perception of its policy apparatus and its intellectuals, that is been generated from an extended period of living in a House of Mirrors of their own self-made Amusing Park,The reason that the Saudis are against any further antagonizing of Iran by the west, simply lies in their fear of a backlash not by Iran but rather by their own Arab street who are ruled by illegitimate governments.Current Saudi Arabia’s regime and its Arab allied governments of Egypt and Jordan are holding power on a thin thread that is been hanged to US and not to their own population. Therefore the Saudi government and their Arab allies are legitimately worried that if further anatomization of Iran doesn’t produce a clear victory by the west with regard to Iran’s standing with the Arab and Muslim street. Due to multi, reasons of economic, military, and political if the outcome of further pressure by the west does not produce a clear victory for them, it eventually will result to a reduction of US presence in the region, in that case they legitimately fear their own governance days will be numbered.

Join the discussion

Your email address will not be published.