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Tunisia: Cabinet Approves Bill Requiring Equal Inheritance Shares for Men and Women

(Dec. 4, 2018) On November 25, 2018, the cabinet of Tunisia approved a bill that, for the first time in the nation’s history, would require that male and female heirs receive equal inheritance shares. Tunisia is the first among Arab countries to adopt such a bill. The bill will now be referred to the Tunisian […]

Jordan, Tunisia: Parliamentary Measures Aimed at Israel

(Jan. 8, 2018) On December 10, 2017, members of the Parliaments of Jordan and Tunisia took steps toward adopting legal measures against the state of Israel. Tunisian Measure Tunisian members of Parliament signed a petition to speed up the voting process for a draft law to ban any activity that is considered to be an […]

Tunisia: Government Lifts Ban on Inter-Religious Marriages

(Sept. 19, 2017) On September 14, 2017, the Tunisian government lifted a ban on inter-religious marriages between Muslim Tunisian females and non-Muslim males. (Tunisia Lifts Ban on Muslim Women Marrying Non-Muslims, AL JAZEERA (Sept. 14, 2017).) This measure was issued by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.  During his speech on the national Women’s Day that […]

Tunisia: Parliament Passes Anti-Terrorism Law

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 7, 2015, the Tunisian Parliament passed Law 26 of 2015 on combating terrorism and money laundering. The Law was approved by a large majority: 174 of the 217 members of the Parliament voted in favor of it. The Law replaces a 2003 law on the subject and was passed in […]

Tunisia: State of Emergency Declared

(July 8, 2015) On July 4, 2015, following the June 26 terrorist attack in Tunisia’s beach resort city of Sousse, in which 38 tourists were killed, the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a 30-day state of emergency. Under such a situation, security forces have more powers and the right of assembly is limited. Furthermore, […]

Tunisia: Parliament Passes New Election Laws

(May 7, 2014) Two weeks after its introduction and following intense deliberation among members of Tunisia’s assembly, on May 2, 2014, 132 members voted in favor and 11 against a new electoral law. This piece of legislation governs the country’s presidential and the parliamentary elections. (The National Assembly Passes New Election Law [in Arabic], AL […]

Tunisia: New Constitution Adopted by National Assembly

(Jan. 28, 2014) On January 27, 2014, the National Assembly of Tunisia approved the final draft of the country’s Constitution. Two hundred members of the legislature, exceeding the two-thirds majority required for passage, voted in favor of the new document. The new Constitution will replace the 1956 Constitution, which was drafted after Tunisia won independence […]

Tunisia: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls for Abolition of Anti-Terrorism Law

(Nov. 6, 2012) On October 28, 2012, the organization Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb issued a statement demanding that the ruling Al Nahda Islamic Party of Tunisia abolish Law 75-2003, on combating terrorism. Analysts considered such a statement by the organization an implicit threat to the current ruling party. (Al Qaeda in the Islamic […]

Tunisia: Vote on Final Draft of Constitution Scheduled for April 2013

(Aug. 16, 2012) On August 14, 2012, the El Nahda Islamic Party of Tunisia announced that the final draft of the country's new Constitution will be submitted for a vote at the end of April 2013 to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), Tunisia's temporary parliament in place until a constitution is finalized. The Party stated […]

Tunisia: Draft Law to Create Special Court for Crimes Related to the Revolution

(July 19, 2012) On July 16, 2012, Members of the Tunisian Constituent National Assembly submitted draft legislation for consideration that would create a special court for the purpose of adjudicating crimes related to the Tunisian revolution of January 2011. The draft directs the transfer of cases involving these crimes from the military courts to the […]