Tunisian President Wants Ban Over Marriage of Muslim Women with Non-Muslims to be lifted

On the occasion of National Women’s Day, Tunisian President Beji Caed Essibsi called upon the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice to remove the ban over Muslim women marrying Non- Muslims. The President vocally suggested changes to be made to their Publication 73 in the Constitution to remove the restriction. The President made clear that according to the sixth chapter of the Constitution there should be complete freedom of belief practiced in the country.

Publication 73 was written by the Ministry of Justice in the year 1973 and prevented local Tunisian women from entering wedlock with any foreigners. It was noted that the religion and faith of the man must be recognized by the mufti presiding over the marriage. With a step forward in the right direction, Essibsi expressed that this law was an obstacle for women in the way of making a free choice regarding their partners. When the amendment is made and the law is passed, Tunisia will be the first Muslim nation that allows its women to marry outside of their faith, in history.
The President reassured in his speech that Islam is not a hindrance in the way of democratic living and progress. He stated that he looked forward to seeing equality between men and women in the nation.
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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2015

OSLO: The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015.

Announcing the honour in Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the Tunisian National Dialog Quartet has been awarded the peace prize for its final commitment to the building of a pluralistic vote based system in Tunisia in the Jasmine’s wake Revolution of 2011.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth $972,000, will be exhibited in Oslo on December 10.

“The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief,” the Nobel Committee said in its press release.
The prize is a tremendous triumph for little Tunisia, whose youthful and still shaky democracy endured two radical assaults this year and devastated 60 individuals and crushed the tourism business.

The National Dialogue Quartet is comprised of four key associations in Tunisian common society: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

There were 273 competitors selected for the 2015 peace prize, five less than in 2014.

The award capped a week of Nobel Prize declarations, with the winners of medicine, material science, Chemistry and literature awards displayed before in Stockholm.

The economics award — not a unique Nobel Prize but rather made in 1968 — will be declared on Monday.