Tunisian parties reach compromise on constitution

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The head of Tunisia's transitional parliament says rival political parties reached agreement on contentious points in a draft constitution, and the document will go to the legislature Jan. 3.

Tunisia's 2011 revolution to overthrow dictator Zine Abedine Ben Ali triggered protests to unseat autocratic leaders across the Arab world. But since then, Tunisia's hopes for renewal have foundered. The new constitution is meant to end months of political crisis.

Parliament President Mustapha Ben Jaafar said Saturday the ruling Islamist party, which had wanted a pure parliamentary system, agreed instead to give more powers to a president, including the power to dissolve the legislature.

In another compromise reached Saturday, the government, which had already agreed to hand power to technocrats in the run-up to elections, will do so on Jan. 8.

Related Headlines

  • Tunisia ends state of emergency after 3 years

    Tunisia's president on Thursday lifted the state of emergency that has been in place since the outbreak of a popular revolution three years ago, and a top military chief said ... 

  • 6 Tunisian police killed; protests hit capital

    Suspected Islamic militants killed six Tunisian policemen in the impoverished south of the country on Wednesday, while thousands of protesters in the capital called for the ... 

  • Death threats delay Tunisian constitution vote

    Tunisia's Constitutional Assembly on Monday prepared to select a new commission to oversee upcoming elections after its work was delayed over the weekend due to death threats. 

  • Tunisian police convicted in woman's rape

    Two Tunisian police officers were convicted of raping a young woman and sentenced to seven years in prison in a case that drew widespread protests after the victim was ... 

Find your future job here