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A Victory for Arab Liberals

Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda has caved to overwhelming pressure from liberal, leftist, and other secular parties and abandoned its push for making Islam the basis of the country's new constitution.

Just a few days ago I spoke to several people here in Tunis who thought a compromise might be reached, that Sharia law would be described in the constitution as a source of legislation rather than the source, but it looks like the Islamists won't even get that much.

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