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Tunisia's constitution was approved last weekend.Article 6 of the new constitution illustrates the text's internal contradictions.Parity among the candidates had already been applied for the 2011 election of the constituent assembly, which numbers 65 female deputies out of 217 total members, most of whom belong to the Ennahda party. Even though a consensus among the parliamentary groups had been established prior to the vote on Article 45, not all Islamist deputies respected it and some voted against the article. Despite the reassurances of Articles 40 and 45 as safeguards for women's rights in Tunisia's next constitution, women's rights groups nonetheless still see much work to be done. To adopt the constitution, the deputies are currently voting on each single article and more than 250 amendments. The deputies are currently revoting on articles that were not adopted before but are essential to the future constitution, such as Article 64, which would define the minimum necessary vote for the future parliament to adopt laws, or Article 73, which specifies requirements including the age and religion of the president.
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