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Tunisia Approves Democratic Constitution

Tunisia's national assembly has approved a new constitutio,n three years after the uprising that launched the Arab Spring.

The document is groundbreaking as one of the most progressive constitutions in the Arab world.

Its approval Sunday came after Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa named a new caretaker Cabinet to ease a crisis between Islamists and the secular opposition until new elections later this year.

Tunisia's compromise and progress contrasts sharply with messy democratic transitions in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, which are caught up in turmoil after ousting their own long-standing leaders in 2011 revolts and uprisings.

The new Tunisian constitution sets out to make the North African country of 11 million people a democracy, with a civil state whose laws are not based on Islamic law.

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