Tunisia abandons Islam as state religion

In the new Tunisian constitution, Islam is no longer listed as a “state religion” but as a “religion of the nation”. The goal is to incorporate other religions into Tunisian society and to fight the Islamist-inspired Ennahda (Renaissance) party. However, Islam will continue to be the dominant religion in the country.

Tense weather Tunisia. President of Tunisia Guys Syed On Tuesday, June 21, he confirmed that Islam would not be listed as a “state religion” in the new constitution, which he will submit to a referendum next July 25. Unprecedented situation in Arab countries.

“In Tunisia’s next constitution, we will not talk about a state with Islam, but (a member of Tunisia) an ummah (nation) whose religion is Islam. Oumma and the state are two different things, “the Tunisian president told reporters at the Tunis airport.

Guys Syed A new constitution was drafted on Monday, which he must check before submitting it to a referendum on July 25, the 1st anniversary of the coup in which he received full powers.

In an interview with AFP on June 6, Attorney General Satok Peloid, the head of the commission responsible for drafting the text, said he would submit to the president a draft charter that would remove any reference to Islam in order to combat Islamist-inspired parties such as Ennahda. Sparked a heated debate in the country.

“People have sovereignty”

Three years after the fall of the dictatorship, the first section of the current constitution was adopted in 2014 with great fanfare. Zine El Abidine Ben AliAs in 1959, Tunisia declares “a free, independent and sovereign nation, with Islam as its religion, Arabic as its language and Republic as its ruler.”

In its preface, the 2014 Constitution refers to the “cultural and civilization (of the Tunisian people) belonging to the Arab and Islamic Ummah” and its “Arab and Islamic identity”.

The new constitution was to be passed in 2014, establishing the hybrid systemic source of repeated conflicts between the executive and legislative branches.

Opposition parties and human rights groups have accused the Tunisian president of trying to adopt a speech designed for him.

Asked on Tuesday about the nature of the government system to be established by the new constitution, Guys Syed Kicked in contact.

“It is not a question of whether it is a presidential system or a parliamentary system. What matters is that the people have sovereignty. The rest is about functions, not powers, ”he said.

“There is a separation between legislative function, administrative function and judicial function and between them,” he added.

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