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Tunisia leaves blasphemy clause out of new constitution

A proposal by Tunisia’s Islamist ruling party to outlaw blasphemy in the country’s new constitution will be dropped from the final text, Assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar said on Friday.

The agreement between the three parties in the ruling coalition must be approved by the committees drafting the constitution.

In July, the party announced a plan to criminalize attacks on religious values.

Civil society groups and national media warned the move could lead to new restrictions on freedom of expression.

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