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Celebrations as Tunisia adopts new constitution

Celebrations as Tunisia adopts new constitution
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Tunisia has adopted a new constitution ahead of democratic elections later this year.

The vote was followed by singing and celebrations. The document, which has been praised for its inclusiveness, ends months of deadlock between Islamist and secular forces.

Tunisia’s progress since toppling autocrat President Ben Ali three years ago contrasts sharply with the chaotic transitions in neighbouring countries.

The leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Rached Ghannouchi said:

“Our people have succeeded in making a peaceful revolution that enlightened the world. We succeeded in avoiding a civil war between us and instead we have achieved consensus.”

Tunisia’s caretaker President Moncef Marzouki has asked Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa to form a new interim government.

The cabinet is expected to be made up of independents and technocrats. Once voted on in parliament it will be charged with running the country until new elections.