Tunisian assembly adopts provisional constitution
Tunis: Tunisia's constituent assembly has
adopted a provisional constitution that will allow the north
African country to name a government, a month and a half after
its first post-revolution election.
The 217-member assembly approved each of the 26 clauses of
the document individually to get state institutions back on
the move before voting on the entire basic law.
The vote came after a five-day often tumultuous debate
which saw hundreds of people demonstrating calmly outside the
assembly building shouting slogans demanding "Freedom and
"The people are sick of waiting. Let's get down to work,
enough messing around," one lawmaker from the dominant
moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Amar Larayedh, shouted
shortly after the session began.
The outgoing government of Beji Caid Essebsi, formed in
the wake of the ouster on January 14 of dictator Zine el
Abidine Ben Ali, has officially resigned and many Tunisians
have expressed growing impatience at the institutional limbo.
The election of a president and creation of a new
government can only take place once lawmakers adopt the
"mini-constitution", laboriously drawn up over two weeks after