Tunisia approves new constitution   2014-01-27 15:57:58            

TUNIS, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Tunisian new constitution has been approved after two years hard work by the members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Sunday night.

About 200 NCA members voted for the finalized version of the constitution while 12 members voted against it and four chose to abstain.

Before passing to vote, speaker of the NCA Mustapha Ben Jaafar said that the Tunisian constitution comes as a crowning of two years of hard work.

"We tried to have a consensual constitution that represents all Tunisians. We also hope that this constitution is faithful to the demands and the promises of the Tunisian revolution," added Ben Jaafar.

"The whole world is watching Tunisia and following the democratic experience in our country," he said.

The official ceremony of the constitution of Tunisia's second republic is scheduled to take place on Monday. The speaker of the NCA, the president of the republic along with the prime minister are expected to attend the event.

The country's legislative body was first elected in October 2011, nine months after the uprising that toppled the regime of Zine Abidine Ben Ali.

Editor: Shen Qing
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