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PM: Government starts drafting bill to amend voting system for election of Constitutional Court members

Published the:  22/03/2018

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(TAP) - The government has begun preparing a draft organic law amending the voting system for the election of members of the Constitutional Court after the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) failed to reach compromise to elect the remaining three members of the Court on Wednesday, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced after a meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi on Thursday.

The Premier said this decision comes in the wake of last Tuesday’s speech by the Head of State on the 62nd Anniversary of Independence Day.

In his speech, Caid Essebsi argued for speeding up the process of setting up the Constitutional Court, saying it is the main guarantor of the democratic transition process.

He had also mentioned the possibility of introducing bills for the election of members of the Constitutional Court by an absolute majority instead of the required majority of 145 votes.

The third round of elections for members of the Constitutional Court, which was held at a plenary session of the parliament on Wednesday, did not allow for the election of the court members, triggering the re-launch of calls for application to elect members of this constitutional institution.

The meeting also helped to take stock of the general situation in the country, particularly in the economic and social fields, Chahed was quoted as saying in a Presidency press release.

It also examined the latest logistical preparations for the upcoming municipal elections