Tunisia expert drafting constitution: no Islam reference

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The man charged by President Kais Saied with rewriting Tunisia’s constitution said Monday he would present a draft stripped of any reference to Islam in order to fight Islamist parties. The first article of a constitution adopted three years after the North African country’s 2011 revolution says it is “a free, independent and sovereign state, Islam is its religion and Arabic is its language”. But Sadeq Belaid, the legal expert appointed last month to head a committee to draft a new constitution, told AFP “80 percent of Tunisians are against extremism and against the use of religion for politic…

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