Tunisia starts voting on new constitution

A general view of Tunisia's Constituent Assembly during the beginning of voting on the country's constitution drafts, in TunisBy Aziz El Yaakoubi TUNIS (Reuters) – Three years after the revolution that sparked uprisings across the Arab world, Tunisia's parliament began voting on Friday on a new constitution that will help put its turbulent progress to democracy back on track. Finishing the charter is a key step before a caretaker government takes office to end a crisis between Islamists and secular parties that threatened Tunisia's transition after the fall of the autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. About 192 of the National Assembly's 217 members attended the opening debate, where lawmakers began voting one by one on the introductory clauses to the constitution. "This is a constitution for all of Tunisia's people," Mustafa Ben Jaafar, president of the transitional parliament, said at the session.

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