Tunisia marks uprising anniversary
Tunisian troops takes part in an official ceremony marking the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday in Tunis. [AFP]
Tunisia’s leaders participated Tuesday in a low-key ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising, amid confusion about the timetable for adopting the long-delayed new constitution.
President Moncef Marzouki, outgoing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh and his designated successor, Mehdi Jomaa, attended the opening of the ceremony, in the Kasbah district of the capital where the government’s headquarters are located, along with other top officials.
The adoption of the country’s future charter, which was to coincide with the symbolic anniversary, has again been delayed. A third of the articles in the text have yet to be examined after nearly two weeks of debate and key provisions rejected by lawmakers during fractious sessions in Parliament in recent days.
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