Tunisia's faltering steps towards progress

By Lilia Blaise

The recent decision to end the ban on Tunisian women marrying non-Muslims has been broadly welcomed by progressives in the North African country. But that move followed a controversial law to pardon corrupt civil servants, judges, minsters and ambassadors who served under the regime of ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Meanwhile the current president Béji Caid Essebsi is publicly debating the need to change the country's 2014 Constitution to increase “stability”. Lilia Blaise reports.

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A new law granting an amnesty against corruption proceedings to civil servants, judges, ministers and ambassadors who served under the old regime has been passed by the Tunisian Parliament. The controversial legislation was passed on Wednesday September 13th by 117 votes against nine, with one abstention, despite protests from some opposition MPs who disrupted proceedings.