Is­lam not to be ba­sis of new con­sti­tu­tion

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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.

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