As recently as December, the outlook for Tunisia remained grim. However, on Friday, French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony for the formal adoption of a document being praised as one of the most progressive constitutions in an Arab nation.
What a turnaround.
After overthrowing their dictator in 2011 and launching what became known as the Arab Spring, Tunisians brought a moderate Islamist party into power allied with two other secular parties.
“By adopting the constitution, Tunisia celebrated a triple victory — over dictatorship, over terrorism that seeks to spread chaos and block our path to democracy and over our own divisions,” said President Moncef Marzouki in an address before Tunisia’s parliament.
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