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Caretaker Government approves of new phrasing of Article 15 of decree-law on Constituent Assembly's election

Published the:  06/05/2011

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May 6, 2011 - TAP - The Interim Government's meeting approved of the new formulation of Article 15 of the draft decree-law pertaining to the election of the National Constituent Assembly, on Friday morning in Tunis, under the chairmanship of Caretaker President Foued Mebazaa.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche, official Spokesman for the Interim Cabinet, said that the meeting listened to an exposé by Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi on the agreement arrived at with the High Authority for the Achievement of Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition.
This agreement provides for the adoption of the following enunciation of Article 15 of the draft decree-law on the National Constituent Assembly's election: "Persons eligible to the National Constituent Assembly are voters aged over 23 years on the day of submission of their candidacy".
Ineligible candidates are:
  • Persons who assumed responsibilities in the deposed President's Government, except for those members of that Government who were not members of the Constitutional Democratic Rally, the dissolved RCD.
  • Persons who assumed responsibilities within the RCD structures under the ousted President's regime. The concerned positions will be determined by decree, upon proposal from the High Authority for the Achievement of Revolution Objectives.
  • Persons who called on the runaway President to run for the 2014 presidential election. The list of names will be established by the High Authority for the Achievement of Revolution Objectives.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche added that the Cabinet also looked into the following draft decree-laws:
  • Draft decree-law organising the lawyers' profession presented by the Justice Minister. (The Government's Spokesman said that, after discussion, the Cabinet decided to carry on looking into this draft decree-law in another Cabinet meeting, in view of the abundant material it contains.)
  • Draft decree-law authorising ratification of the agreement on headquarters between the Republic of Tunisia and the Arab Human Rights Institute, presented by the Foreign Minister. This draft decree-law was approved.
  • Draft decree-law completing the decree-law providing for seizure of financial and real assets, presented by the State Property and Landed Affairs Minister, for further clarification on procedures guaranteeing all stakeholders' rights.
  • Draft decree-law amending the Decorations Code to annul the November 7, 1987 insignia.
  • Draft decree-law providing for access to administrative documents presented by the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister. The draft decree-law aims to ease access to administrative documents from the civil service and public structures.
Mr. Baccouche announced, in this regard, that the Interim President decided to post the Court of Auditors' annual report for the last five years on this institution's website.
Besides, the official Spokesman said that the meeting listened to the following exposés:
-Briefing on the health care situation in the country, notably on the Tunisian-Libyan border, presented by Public Health Minister.
-Exposé on the farming sector and appropriate measures to ensure cultivation in optimum conditions.
Additionally, the Cabinet meeting was briefed on the security situation in the country by the Interior, National Defence and Foreign Ministers.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche explained that the meeting "noted with satisfaction the improvement of the security situation in general, despite the escape of inmates, several of whom have been arrested and returned to prisons."
He said that the meeting "expressed astonishment at the baseless remarks made by the former Interior Minister which would feed suspicion and doubt, excite regional sensitivities and be harmful to the image of the military institution which enjoys the people's total trust, for its role in protecting the country, the citizens and the Republican Regime."
The official Spokesman for the Cabinet refused to answer journalists' questions on "the heavy-handed intervention" against the citizens and the journalists during the Thursday demonstrations. "I have no comments to make on that," he said.