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Tunisia adopts provisional constitution

2011-12-11 12:14

Tunis - Tunisia's constituent assembly has adopted a provisional constitution that will allow the country to name a government, a month and a half after its first post-revolution election.

The 217-member assembly approved each of the 26 clauses of the document individually to get state institutions back on the move before voting on the entire basic law.

The vote came after a five-day often tumultuous debate that saw hundreds of people demonstrating calmly outside the assembly building shouting slogans.

"The people are sick of waiting. Let's get down to work...enough messing around," one lawmaker from the dominant moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Amar Larayedh, shouted shortly after the session began.

The outgoing government of Beji Caid Essebsi, formed in the wake after Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was ousted on January 14, has officially resigned and many Tunisians have expressed growing impatience at the institutional limbo.