Tunisian president says liberties to be protected

January 1, 2012 22:35


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PARIS - Tunisia's new constitution is likely to contain provisions on women's rights and individual liberties, and the country will need a constitutional council to uphold it, new president Moncef Marzouki said in an interview published on Sunday.

Marzouki, a political prisoner under ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, was elected president as part of a power-sharing deal with the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the winner of Tunisia's first democratic election, held last October.

The most powerful position, that of prime minister, will be held by Ennahda's Hamadi Jbeli, raising fears among some secularists that Tunisia could shift towards a stricter Islamist moral and legal code, undermining its liberal values.

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