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Official: Constitution empowers Tunisia

February 10th, 2014
03:42 PM ET

Tunisia's national assembly has approved the country's landmark new constitution – its first since the ousting of president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali three years ago, in the Jasmine Revolution that sparked the events of the Arab Spring.

Max spoke to Mabrouka M'Barek, a member of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly, the body that was tasked with drafting it.

She said that the passing of the constitution was "an amazing day because you saw that all of the world, of the countries were giving us support and praising our constitution. This for us represents so much. It's also strengthening our legitimacy as a newly born democracy."

M’Barek says the drafting of the constitution involved as many citizens as they could in the process. "We always felt that we have a huge responsibility, not only towards the Tunisian people, but also all the people in the region who followed the Tunisian revolution."

M'Barek says the voting was “proof that we can build a pluralistic democracy, and that was very big."

Text: Tunisia approves new constitution, appoints new government

 

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