Tunisian PM resigns, equal rights enshrined in Constitution

New gov't on the horizon as clashes continue in the streets

10 January, 12:13

    Tunisian prime minister resigns Tunisian prime minister resigns

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Tunisian prime minister Ali Laraayedh has resigned. The democratic transition in the North African country is moving forward but by forced steps, after an agreement was reached in mid-December between the majority and the opposition aiming to put an end to the political crisis. Social conflict and street clashes continue to inflame Tunisia - first in Feriana and Meknassy, and then in central Kasserine, where enraged protestors went up against the forces of order to protest the government's economic and social policies.
    Meanwhile, the Constituent Assembly has introduced the concept of equality between the men and women in elected assemblies, in an amendment to the draft Constitution. On Monday the Constituent Assembly approved the last article, number 20, of the draft Constitution, which for the first time introduces into the country equality ''without any discrimination'' between make and female citizens and which is the result of a compromise between the governing Ennahdha Islamists and the secular opposition. Having suffered years in jail under Ben Ali's former regime, the Ali Laraayedh, 58, married with three children, is one of the most prominent members of Ennahdha. Appointed prime minister in February 2013 after the assassination of secular opposition figure Chokri Belaid, which jihadist groups have been blamed for and which led to the fall of Hamadi Jebali's government, Laraayedh has not managed to earn the trust of the entire political class. He instead enjoys support only from his own party and that of its two allies: Congress for the Republic under President Marzouki and the center-left party Ettakatol. On July 25, 2013, another political assassination shook the country: Mohamed Brahmi, former secretary general of the People's Movement and representative of the Constituent Assembly, was killed in an ambush at his house in the capital. The opposition then demanded that the prime minister resign, blocked the works of the National Assembly and the government began to see that its days were numbered. Three years after the Jasmine Revolution, the country still has a steep battle before it as part of its transition to a democracy. (ANSAmed).

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