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    Tunisia basks in praise over its new constitution

    President Moncef Marzouki.
    President Moncef Marzouki.

    TUNIS — As recently as December, the outlook for Tunisia remained grim. International lenders were withholding money. Parliament remained deadlocked. Investigations continued into the assassination of two politicians.

    On Friday, President Francois Hollande of France and other world leaders attended a ceremony for the formal adoption of a document being praised as one of the most progressive constitutions in an Arab nation.

    The Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia, is being described by many as a region-wide winter, especially in Egypt, where the first popularly elected leader was deposed by the military, and in Libya, where militias rule instead of a central government. But Tunisia remains a bright spot, since its elected assembly passed a progressive constitution last month.


    In an address, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki also highlighted the sacrifices the country made. ‘‘By adopting the constitution, Tunisia celebrated a triple victory — over dictatorship, over terrorism that seeks to spread chaos and block our path to democracy and over our own divisions,’’ he said.

    Associated Press