Didier Reynders pleased with adoption of new Tunisian Constitution

date: 27 January 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that yesterday, 26 January 2014, Tunisia adopted a new Constitution. This is an important step in the democratic transition process in Tunisia that started in January 2011. The country can now move toward the completion of this transition period by organizing free and pluralistic parliamentary and presidential elections.

The country has experienced difficulties and political crises since the start of the transition period. Thanks to the perseverance and willingness to achieve a consensus on the part of all Tunisian parties involved, a solid democratic foundation has been established. The Constitution is based on equality, inclusiveness, freedom and the rule of law.

The new Constitution is a milestone for the Tunisian population in its struggle for liberty and justice. It can provide hope to all those who strive peacefully for their fundamental rights and freedoms. The new Constitution is a reference for the region, particularly as concerns equality between men and women and for the freedom of opinion, expression, faith and religion.