9 December 2012

Tunisia: Three Presidents Assert Nation Could Fight Corruption and Protect Itself Against It

Bardo — During an extraordinary session of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) held Sunday on the celebration of International Anti-Corruption Day, the three Presidents asserted that Tunisia could, from now on, fight against corruption and protect itself against it, thanks to the existence of a political will.

NCA Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar pointed out that the national anti-corruption strategy presented during the session will have a positive fall-out on the country's economy and the improvement of the people's living standard.

He pointed out that corruption had spread in Tunisia under the former regime, laying emphasis on the ruling coalition's keenness to establish a regime that breaks up with the past and corruption and embezzlement.

For his part, President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki pointed up the importance of the role of civil society and media in anti-corruption fight, stressing the importance of creating a national independent structure endowed with all the prerogatives to fight against this phenomenon and promulgating a legal arsenal that imposes the respect of transparency rules on political, economic and social players.

Taking the floor, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali underlines that fighting corruption which touches upon all sectors, hampers economic development and impedes the democratic process, is a joint responsibility, laying emphasis in this regard on the role of the family and educational establishments to consecrate the values of integrity.

He specified that the national anti-corruption strategy is based notably on the establishment of a national integrity system by reinforcing transparency and accountability, endowing the National Anti-Corruption Authority with human and financial resources and consolidating the role of non-governmental players such as the civil society, social structures and promoting investigative journalism.

The NCA extraordinary session was attended by several heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Tunisia and representatives of several national, regional and international organisations.

The session was marked by the absence of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) delegates and several NCA members.

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