Tunisia rejects Islam-based laws


The Islamist-dominated constituent assembly creating a new constitution for Tunisia, the country that spawned the Arab Spring, compromised Saturday in rejecting Islam as the main source of law.

While it established Islam as the state religion, it promised freedom of conscience. One politician warned that “satanists” and “idolaters” would be practicing in public, and a rights group criticized it as too vague.

Saturday’s sitting of the National Constituent Assembly, which has adopted 12 out of 146 articles, came amid concerns that the Jan. 14 deadline for the charter’s approval could be overshot because of disruptions and the slow pace of deliberations.