Tunisia approves new constitution, forms new government

The National Assembly of Tunisia has approved a new constitution for the country; a maiden feat after the ouster of longtime president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali three years ago.

200 lawmakers voted for the text while twelve voted against it. Four abstained.

In line with the vote, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa set up a caretaker Cabinet as part of an agreement to end the crisis between Tunisia’s Islamist party and its secular  opposition until new elections.

CNN reports that the approval of the new constitution is one of the last steps to establishing full democracy in the North African country, the cradle of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that toppled autocratic leaders in one of the most conservative corners of the world.

It also reports that the drafting of the constitution lasted two years and exposed a deep rift between the Islamist Ennahda party and the secular opposition.

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