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Cabinet meeting keeps date of July 24 for National Constituent Assembly's election

Published the:  24/05/2011

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May 24, 2011 - TAP - The Cabinet meeting recommended, during its regular meeting on Tuesday under Caretaker President Foued Mebazaa's chairmanship, to keep the date of July 24, 2011 for the election of the National Constituent Assembly.
After its works, Cabinet spokesman Taieb Baccouche said that the meeting had released a communiqué on the Constituent Assembly's election.
Here follows the text of this statement:
"Following the news conference held, on Sunday May 22, by the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections during which Mr. Kamel Jendoubi, chairman of the Authority, suggested to postpone the election of the National Constituent Assembly from July 24 to October 16, 2011, for procedural and security reasons, the Government specifies what follows:
1 - The present government has been committed, since the day when it took office, to hold the National Constituent Assembly's election on July 24, 2011, and the Interim President announced this in his March 3, 2011 speech, after consultation and national consensus.
2 - The Interim Government pledged itself in favour of neutrality and that no one of its members will run for this election, and it agreed on the principle of its organisation, its supervision and its monitoring by an independent authority, in accordance with what has been provided for in the draft decree-law submitted by the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition, as well as it defined its make-up and its prerogatives, in compliance with decree-Act n°27 of the year 2011, dated April 18, 2011, pertaining to setting up the Independent High Authority for the Elections.
Its members have been elected by the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition and they have begun fulfilling their mission on May 18, 2011.
The Interim Prime Minister committed himself, during his meetings with the political parties and structures of the civil society, to provide all material, human, administrative and technical means to guarantee success to this Authority's assignment and to the organisation of the elections on the agreed-on date.
The Prime Minister reasserted this pledge during his meeting with the chairman of the Independent High Authority for the Elections and members of its Board, on May 19, 2011, as well as his commitment that the elections take place on July 24, 2011.
3 - In compliance with the provisions of Article 30 of the Decree-Act n°35 of the year 2011, dated May 10, 2011, calling on voters to elect the National Constituent Assembly on July 24, 2011, the Caretaker President ratified it on Friday, May 20, 2011 and published it in the Official Gazette of the Tunisian Republic, on Tuesday May 24, 2011, which is in complete conformity with the fixed date.
The Cabinet discussed lengthily the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections' proposal and recommended to respect the Government's and President's commitment to hold these elections next July 24, while endeavouring to honour the pledge of providing the Authority with all State's means to organise this poll.
In this regard, the Cabinet recommended to multiply consultations with the various political or civil society's stakeholders, in order to make of these elections a success.
Mr. Baccouche pointed out that the Cabinet started works by looking into the following draft decree-laws:
  • Draft decree-law amending the Labour Code, to replace the November 7 day-off by January 14, as had been decided for agents of the State, local communities and public administrative establishments.
  • Draft decree-law to replace the 26/26 Fund by the National Solidarity Fund and transfer its supervision to the social affairs ministry.
  • Draft decree-law amending the acts regulating the civil and military pensions for retirees and living persons in the civil service, with the aim of raising by one per cent the employers' contributions, as of next July 1. The draft was presented by the social affairs minister.
  • Draft decree-law providing for broadening scope of the National Balneology Board's prerogatives to become the National Balneology and Hydrotherapy Board, which was presented by the public health minister.
  • Two draft decree-laws, one stipulating authorisation for Tunisia's adhering to the 1997 protocol amending the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. The other provides for authorisation to adhere to the international convention setting up environmental impact assessment mechanisms of paints, a draft law presented by the transport and equipment minister.
After deliberations, the Cabinet approved of all these draft decree-acts.
Besides, Mr. Taieb Baccouche said that the Prime Minister had briefed the Cabinet about preparations underway for Tunisia's participation in the G8 Summit.
An exposé was made by the Industry and Technology Minister on the economic situation, notably on the economic juncture's development in the past four months.
For their part, the Interior and National Defence Ministers briefed the meeting about the events which had taken place in the Rouhia region.
The Cabinet lauded the National Army's and interior security forces' efforts to protect the homeland and citizens, praising the memory of the National Army's martyrs.