NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Tunisia's Parliament Ratifies New Constitution

By     get stories by email

Tunisia's parliament has ratified a new constitution, making it the first since the ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

According to media reports, the National Constituent Assembly passed the text by 200 votes from 216.

Inside the assembly, there was a sense of joy when the new constitution had been adopted. The parliamentarians also embraced each other.

Historic milestone

The United States of America hailed the agreement as a "historic milestone".

Tunisian revolution - Tunis, 14 January 2011. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In a press statement in Washington DC, US Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the United States is encouraged that Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly voted to ratify Tunisia's new constitution.

Ms. Psaki highlighted that a strong constitution, reached through consultation and debate, is the foundation of a thriving democracy.

"This is a historic moment for the people of Tunisia and represents a significant achievement as Tunisia continues in its political transition." - Ms. Psaki

Ms. Psaki noted that the US government is looking forward to further steps in the democratic transition, in particular, the swearing-in of a new independent government and setting a date for early elections so that Tunisian citizens can choose their new leaders and determine the country's future.

She added that the United States continues to believe the Tunisian people can and will achieve their aspirations for a democratic society.

"As a longstanding friend of Tunisia, the United States will continue to support Tunisia's democratic transition." - Ms. Psaki

In 2011, a revolution , part of the Arab Sping had resulted in the ousting of autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the first free elections in the country were held.

Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain english. Read more stories by Mina Fabulous. Contact Mina through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related World News

The World Bank discovered that for every ten percent increase in a country's Internet penetration, its GDP expands by one to two percent.
People living in the foothills of Nepal feel shortchanged by the new constitution and the area has been rocked by violence. Sections of the elite see India as the villain...
Ambassador Kaidanow said US and partners organized regional strategies to counter ISIS after eight terrorist groups announced their alliance with ISIS.
According to General Allen, they are paying very close attention to the accomplishments made in the past year since the establishment of the Coalition.
A mob attacked police vehicles by throwing stones, so police fired tear gas and live rounds at protestors, a market and homes, killing four non-protestors.
At the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience Conference, John Kerry said the Arctic is warming faster.


NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month

Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

Copyright © 2004-2015 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site