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Announcement of permanent vacancy of Presidency of the Republic

Published the:  15/01/2011

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The Constitutional Council, After reading the letter which was sent to it by the Prime Minister, on January 15, 2011;
and after having read the provisions of article 57 of the Constitution concerning the vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic;
and since it appears from the aforementioned letter that President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has left the country without delegating his powers to the Prime Minister in accordance with the provisions of Article 56 of the Constitution;
and since he had not submitted his resignation from his duties as head of state;
and given that the departure took place under the current circumstances which prevail in the country and having declared the state of emergency;
and given that the absence of the President of the Republic in this way prevents him from fully discharging his functions, which represents a case of absolute impediment to the exercise of his duties, under Article 57 of the Fundamental Law;
Announces :
First: the permanent vacancy for the Presidency of the Republic
Second : the Constitutional requirements are met so that the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies takes over the duties of the President of the Republic by interim.
The Speakers of the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber of Advisers are informed of this announcement.
This announcement will be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia.

This decision was taken during the meeting held at the Constitutional Council in Bardo, on Saturday, January 15, 2011, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Fethi Abdennadher, President of this body and in the presence of members: Mrs. Faiza Kéfi and Messrs. Ghazi Jribi, Mongi Lakhdhar, Mohamed Ridha Ben Hammed, Mohamed Kamel Charfeddine, Néjib Belaid, Brahim Barteji and Mrs. Hamida Laarif.