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Political Reforms and Democratic Transition Committee meets press

Published the:  23/02/2011

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February 23, 2011 - TAP - Mr. Yadh Ben Achour, chairman of the Political Reforms and Democratic Transition Committee said that the Committee's essential tasks particularly include improving the Tunisian electoral system, starting from the Electoral Code and other concerned codes so that it would be possible for the Tunisian people to exercise their right to elect their representatives in accordance with a new electoral system.
During a news conference held on Wednesday February 23, 2011 in the presence of national and foreign media representatives, Mr. Ben Achour also mentioned among these priorities, the amendment of laws on fundamental freedoms and proposal of a draft constitution of Tunisia to replace that of 1959 which has become obsolete as a result of its repeated violations.
He said the Committee has looked at several hypotheses, including the organisation of elections from March 15, 2011 and the call by the Interim President of the creation of a constituent assembly to draft the Constitution, the election, at the same time, of a president of the Republic and of a constituent assembly, the election of a constituent assembly next month, i.e. at the end of the interim government's term, or also the agreement on a draft constitution, with the participation of different sides, to be submitted subsequently to a popular referendum.
Mr. Yadh Ben Achour denied thinking of withdrawing from his Committee which, he said, "was created to help the people clarify their choices on different political and legal issues which seeks to achieve their objectives, in accordance with a method of consultation based on listening, negotiation and participation of different sides, among parties, associations, experts and independent personalities.
He also denied that the Committee was created under the regime of the ousted president and that it plans to repeal Article 1 of the Constitution or that it is entitled to examine the relationship between the religion and the State.
He said this issue would be under the competence of the elected constituent assembly representing the people, contrary to this commission which is not an elected structure.
He said that the Committee, whose tasks would be defined soon by a decree-law, is a consultative structure that proposes reforms and amendments of laws in relation with the organisation of political and public life, particularly laws on the press, parties and terrorism.
It submits then its proposals to the authorities in place and the public opinion to decide on them after consultation with a number of parties including independent non-governmental organisations.
Regarding the Committee's work methods, he said it started holding national forums, on Friday and Saturday, to listen to different sides, regarding political reforms and democratic transition.
He also said the Committee is made up of a council bringing together national figures, NGOs, parties and trade unions, including the Tunisian General Labour Union, as well as other parties who will be called to join this council, such as the Bar and the Council for the Protection of the Revolution.
He added that the Committee, as an independent public structure, will visit the governorates to involve them in choosing the contours of the future political landscape.
At the opening of the new conference, the political reform and democratic transition committee expressed solidarity with the heroic revolutionary movement of the brotherly Libyan people in their aspirations for freedom and democracy.