Islam not to be basis of new constitution
TUNIS | A top official in the ruling Islamist Ennahda Party said Monday that Islamic law will not be enshrined in the country’s new constitution, preserving the North African nation’s civil state.
Tunisia has witnessed competing protests by thousands of secularists and Islamists recently over the role of Islamic law in the new constitution.
Ziad Doulatli of the Ennahda Party said the first article of the constitution would be as it was under the country’s secular dictators.
Islamists had wanted a line added saying that Shariah, Islamic law, would be the basis of the country’s legislation.
Many Muslim countries, including Egypt, stipulate a central role for Shariah.
Leftists and liberals in Tunisia had feared that the ruling Ennahda would attempt to Islamize the country.