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Cabinet meeting: Elections before mid-July 2011

Published the:  25/02/2011

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February 25, 2011 - TAP - The regular Cabinet meeting of the Interim Government was held, on Friday February 25, 2011, under Interim President Foued Mebazaa's chairmanship.
Official spokesman for the government Taieb Baccouche said, in a statement, that the meeting examined the following axes:
In the Political Field
The meeting listened to an exposé presented by the Prime Minister about consultations underway with the different sides on the political agenda.
The meeting recommended that these consultations do not extend beyond mid-March 2011 and that the next elections be held, at the utmost, before mid-July 2011.
The meeting approved of a draft decree-law on the expropriation of the former leaders, their relatives and associates of their assets and property. The preliminary list includes 110 names.
After having listened to reports on the social situation and employment, the meeting looked at set of urgent measures to develop employment. It concerns the adoption of a draft decree-law providing for the creation of a "citizenship" fund that defines modalities of its management in total transparency.
The meeting also approved of the "AMAL" program by virtue of which 50,000 youths will be paid a 200-dinar monthly allowance to help them integrate the civic-service projects.
Thirdly, the meeting gave approval to a bill to help double the civil service's recruitment capacity and review the recruitment modalities, particularly for the benefit of the higher-education graduates.
Seniority of graduation, age and social and family situation, as well as all other factors, are to be taken into consideration to guarantee greater justice and transparency during recruitment.
The meeting recommended to examine, in the shortest terms, other modalities to develop employment in the public and private sectors, such as early retirement, creation of new duties in some sectors such as education, so as to reach some 100,000 new jobs.
Regarding those individuals among the young job-seekers who plan to set up small businesses, the meeting recommended to revise conditions for granting credits, in order to overcome the strict conditions and encourage private initiative among youths.
The meeting recommended to speed up devising of an ambitious program to help achieve a qualitative leap in the field of creation of new jobs and solve the unemployment crisis which is the result of previous mismanagement and waste of national resources.
In the Economic Field
After briefings on the economic situation, the Cabinet meeting approved of a set of measures to safeguard jobs, particularly in the small- and medium-sized enterprises. It offers compensations to the industrial, commercial, agricultural and tourist enterprises which had suffered important damage that could worsen the unemployment crisis.
In this regard, the Cabinet approved of a draft decree-law providing for complementary measures to help enterprises carry on their activities and keep jobs.
In the Cultural Field
The Cabinet gave approval to a draft decree-law stipulating the dangers threatening the Carthage-Sidi Bou Said national archeological site. By virtue of this draft law, all previous decree-laws would be considered null and void, as they threaten this archeological heritage with squandering and degradation, calling to question their international ratings in the world heritage.
In the Information Field
In materialization of recommendations issued from its previous meeting, the Cabinet approved of a draft decree-law providing for creation of an independent national information and communication authority, to be tasked with submitting proposals to develop this important sector, which would consecrate the freedom of opinion and speech and protect the Tunisian people's right to a free, pluralistic, objective and credible information.
In another connection, the Cabinet listened to reports on the situation in Libya and the Tunisian community's there.
The Cabinet voiced solidarity with the brotherly Libyan people in this serious ordeal, wishing that the Libyan people's interest and their right to freedom and decent living prevail and that the Libyan society's cohesion and national unity be preserved.
In this regard, the Cabinet recommended to take all necessary measures to guarantee the safe evacuation of all Tunisians residing in Libya who wish to return home, and provide them with the needed assistance, with the participation of civil society components and the humanitarian organizations; and also to offer help to non-Tunisians, in order to facilitate their return back home.
Additionally, the Cabinet recommended to create a national commission and regional commissions to follow up returning Tunisians' affairs and protect their interests.