Tunisian Ennahdha Islamist party deputies attend a debate on July 22, 2015 at the Assembly of the Representatives of the People in Tunis. AFP/FETHI BELAID
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Tunisia's parliament approved Thursday imposition of the death penalty for "terrorist" crimes, despite opposition from rights groups and a de facto quarter-century moratorium on executions.Lawmakers were voting during the second of three days of debate on a bill aimed at beefing up powers to confront an extremist threat following deadly attacks claimed by ISIS.The bill would replace the 2003 terrorism law, passed under the dictatorship of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, ousted four years ago, which was widely criticized as being a tool to crush dissent.The death penalty already exists under Tunisian law, for such crimes as murder and rape, but no one has been hanged since 1991 . Rights groups had hoped parliament would leave it out of the current bill.
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