Tunisian parliament adopts new constitution

Jan 26, 2014, 11:59 PM EST
Tunisian Parliament Members pray next to a portrait of assassinated opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi before attending the first plenary session since the launch of all-party crisis talks on October 29, 2013 in Tunis.
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Tunisia's parliament has adopted a new constitution - the first since the ousting of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali three years ago. The National Constituent Assembly passed the text by 200 votes from 216. Analysts say politicians hope it will send out a message of stability after months of deadlock between Islamist and secular forces. Meanwhile, Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa says he has formed a new caretaker government.
 
Background:
Tunisia assembly passes new constitution [BBC]
Tunisia approves new constitution, appoints government [Reuters]
Tunisia prime minister names new cabinet [Aljazeera]