National Coordination Committee for Defence of Quran, Constitution says opposed to equal inheritance rights
16/08/2018 16:06, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The National Coordination Committee for the Defence of Quran, the Constitution and Equitable Development Thursday held in Tunis a news conference to spell out its position on the legislative initiative advanced by the President of the Republic on August 13 in relation to equal inheritance rights.

"The report released by the Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality (French: COLIBE) was worked out by secular leftists who seek to cause divisions among Muslims," said official spokesperson for the coordination committee Chiheb Eddine Tlich.

"The President of the Republic neither read nor understood the Constitution," he further said.

President of the Republic Béji Caid Essebsi proposed, in his National Women's Day speech, the enforcement of equal inheritance rights, in line with the Constitution, and the amendment of the Personal Status Code. The general principle should full inheritance equality while making room for the testator to opt for the legislation in force now, that is one share for women and two shares for men.

Former MP Salha Ben Aïcha said the President failed to refer to Article 1 of the Constitution which states that Islam is the country's religion. She voiced concerns the President could appoint four members of the Constitutional Court whose convictions run counter to Islam, which will lead to misinterpretation of certain provisions.

Former minister of religious affairs Noureddine Khadmi said there is only one interpretation for inheritance in Sharia.

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