TUNIS, TUNISIA, 20 JUNE 2018 – Parliament in Tunisia is about to examine a raft of proposed liberal reforms that, if adopted, would decriminalize homosexuality, abolish the death penalty and provide equal inheritance rights for women.
The proposed reforms, unveiled Wednesday in the capital, Tunis, are being proposed as part of a reforms under a Tunisian presidential commission.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi set the commission up to bring the legal code in line with a 2014 constitution, hailed as a key achievement of the 2011 revolt that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, triggering the so-called Arab Spring uprisings.
Tunisia is set to organize legislative and presidential elections next year.
The reforms are believed to be a hard sale for Tunisia’s conservative legislature and religious leader, one of whom called the reforms “intellectual terrorism”.
The Tunisian presidency invited Wednesday for a “calm, orderly debate without anger” of the proposals.