World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party has described as an "historic achievement" the clause-by-clause voting on the country's post-revolution constitution.
"This [draft] constitution is the best in the country's history and one of the best in the world," Rachid al-Ghannouchi wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.
The National Constituent Assembly concluded late Thursday the clause-by-clause voting on all 146 constitutional articles.
On Saturday, the NCA will vote on the whole of the draft constitution, which must win the approval of two thirds of lawmakers to pass.
The charter will be put to a national referendum if the draft fails to secure such a majority.
"Let us be proud of what we have achieved and strive to implement it so that Tunisia would be crowned as the first Arab democracy," Ghannouchi said.
The process of drafting and approving a new constitution took a year longer than earlier planned.
Two years in the making and now in its third draft, the document is a carefully worded blend of ideas that has won the support of both Ennahda, the Islamist party that leads the assembly, and the secular opposition.
Ennahda had to scrap many of its original demands for the constitution.
The draft stipulates that Islam is the religion of Tunisia and the preamble recognizes Tunisian's Arab-Muslim identity.
The first two articles lay out the balance between Islamist and secular views in careful language that is not subject to amendment by future governments.Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2014, 15:28