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First Cabinet meeting of Interim Government in its new line-up

Published the:  01/02/2011

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February. 1, 2011 - TAP - The Cabinet meeting of the Interim Government in its new line-up was held, on Tuesday, under the chairmanship of Interim President Foued Mebazaa.
 
Mr. Taieb Baccouche, Minister of Education and Government Spokesman said at a news conference held on Tuesday evening that the meeting focused essentially on political, economic, social and security issues.
He said the meeting looked at the beginning of its works at a draft law empowering the Interim President to issue decrees-laws, in accordance with provisions of Article 28 of the Constitution, so as to speed up democratic transition measures and allow the holding of free and transparent elections as soon as possible, in materialisation of the will of the Tunisian people.
He pointed out that this procedure aims essentially to prepare necessary conditions for the revision of a set of organic laws relating to public and political life such as the law on political parties, the law on associations, the press code and the law on terrorism.
It will also help prepare draft decrees on the creation of the national committees announced recently, namely the higher committee for political reform, the fact-finding committee on abuses recorded in the recent period and the national fact-finding committee on corruption and embezzlement cases.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche said this meeting was also an opportunity to examine a set of important political issues such as the restructuring of the higher communication council and measures and mechanisms needed to ensure the material and organisational preparation of the next elections so that they conform to international standards and materialise the free will of the Tunisian people.
The meeting, he added, also looked at the issue of declaration on honour which should be made by senior state officers, whether they are Government members, governors or directors general of public institutions.
Mr. Baccouche also said the meeting looked at ways to take action on the international scale, among Arab and other countries, to identify and use necessary mechanisms to return assets despoiled by symbols of the former regime.
The Government Spokesman announced that the Cabinet meeting approved Tunisia's adherence to several important international conventions likely to help Tunisia join developed democratic countries.
These include, he specified, are international conventions on the protection of all persons against enforced disappearances, adherence to the optional protocols attached to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the optional protocol annexed to the UN Convention to Combat Torture and Other Cruel Treatment.
They also include accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, once such serious crimes as crimes against humanity requires the recourse to such specialised international structure.
He also said the meeting examined today several reserves issued by Tunisia on several international conventions, particularly reserves related to the UN Convention on Elimination of Various Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which reserves emptied the country's adherence to such conventions from any content. It also looked at other issues such as death penalty.
Regarding the economic and social field which is vital in this stage, Mr. Baccouche said the meeting heard a set of presentations on the economic and social situation and decided, in this regard, to create two important inter-ministerial committees to be tasked with making practical proposals in the shortest terms, more particularly to help companies affected by the recent events in such a manner as to preserve jobs provided by these companies as, he said, each threat weighing on current jobs is in turn a real threat for the efficiency of measures decided by the Government to speed up job creations.
He said the first committee will be tasked with enhancing the support of investors who plan to launch projects in priority areas.
The committee will also be tasked with presenting urgent proposals and taking practical measures related essentially to the appointment of legal administrators of companies whose owners are prosecuted due to corruption while preserving the rights of workers in these companies.
Mr. Baccouche said the second committee created during this meeting will be tasked with the affairs of labour, precarious employment, labour contractors and sub-contracting likely to set up a coherent approach that gives this file the strategic position it deserves nationally.
He also said that assistance was decided for jobless people among higher graduates and others.
It was also decided to ensure needed follow up of measures taken in the recent days to grant assistance to families of the martyrs of the Revolution, injured and citizens victims of the recent events.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche said the Cabinet meeting also took interest in the security issue and voiced satisfaction at the improvement noted on Tuesday in the public security situation, adding that the signs of this improvement will be tangible gradually in the next days.
The meeting also looked at the issue of legal action against persons accused of embezzlement of assets and public property.
He also underlined the commitment to lift all misunderstanding between the political and security powers, highlighting the importance of the reshuffle decided today at the level of security chiefs, which makes of the security devise an organised one that enjoys citizens' confidence.
He said the Cabinet meeting expressed consideration to the national army forces and different security devices for the major sacrifices they have made and continue to make for the preservation of the people's gains and institutions of the State and security of citizens, saying that is necessary to pay a ringing tribute to these efforts.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche launched a call, on behalf of the Cabinet, to citizens so that they resume their work, showing optimism that the situation will record a continuous improvement day after day which will prompt a return to normalcy in all field thus helping achieve the objectives of the Revolution of the Tunisian people.
He also said the meeting examined today several reserves issued by Tunisia on several international conventions, particularly reserves related to the UN Convention on Elimination of Various Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which reserves emptied the country's adherence to such conventions from any content. It also looked at other issues such as death penalty.
Regarding the economic and social field which is vital in this stage, Mr. Baccouche said the meeting heard a set of presentations on the economic and social situation and decided, in this regard, to create two important inter-ministerial committees to be tasked with making practical proposals in the shortest terms, more particularly to help companies affected by the recent events in such a manner as to preserve jobs provided by these companies as, he said, each threat weighing on current jobs is in turn a real threat for the efficiency of measures decided by the Government to speed up job creations.
He said the first committee will be tasked with enhancing the support of investors who plan to launch projects in priority areas.
The committee will also be tasked with presenting urgent proposals and taking practical measures related essentially to the appointment of legal administrators of companies whose owners are prosecuted due to corruption while preserving the rights of workers in these companies.
Mr. Baccouche said the second committee created during this meeting will be tasked with the affairs of labour, precarious employment, labour contractors and sub-contracting likely to set up a coherent approach that gives this file the strategic position it deserves nationally.
He also said that assistance was decided for jobless people among higher graduates and others. It was also decided to ensure needed follow up of measures taken in the recent days to grant assistance to families of the martyrs of the Revolution, injured and citizens victims of the recent events.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche said the Cabinet meeting also took interest in the security issue and voiced satisfaction at the improvement noted on Tuesday in the public security situation, adding that the signs of this improvement will be tangible gradually in the next days.
The meeting also looked at the issue of legal action against persons accused of embezzlement of assets and public property.
He also underlined the commitment to lift all misunderstanding between the political and security powers, highlighting the importance of the reshuffle decided today at the level of security chiefs, which makes of the security devise an organised one that enjoys citizens' confidence.
He said the Cabinet meeting expressed consideration to the national army forces and different security devices for the major sacrifices they have made and continue to make for the preservation of the people's gains and institutions of the State and security of citizens, saying that is necessary to pay a ringing tribute to these efforts.

Mr. Taieb Baccouche launched a call, on behalf of the Cabinet, to citizens so that they resume their work, showing optimism that the situation will record a continuous improvement day after day which will prompt a return to normalcy in all field thus helping achieve the objectives of the Revolution of the Tunisian people.