28 December 2012

Tunisia: Cabinet Approves Organic Draft Law On Transitional Justice

Tunis — The cabinet meeting held, on Friday under the chairmanship of caretaker Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, approved the organic draft law on organising transitional justice.

The government spokesperson Samir Dilou said that during this regular meeting, a briefing on the furtherance of the examination of the state budget for 2013 was submitted to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).

Another exposé on the security situation in the country and on the border level was presented by the Interior Minister.

Besides, a presentation was given on the follow-up of the agreement signed between the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on the events of December 4, 2012 as well as a presentation on the PM's visit in Turkey accompanied by a ministerial delegation.

As regards the integration of the file of martyrs and the wounded of the mining basin of 2008 in the organic bill of transitional justice, Mr. Dilou said that their moral and material rights will be preserved as part of this law.

Answering the journalists' questions on the line-up of the joint committee (Government-UGTT) for the follow-up of the December 4, 2012 events, Mr. Dilou indicated that the names of the president of the ministerial group and its four members will be released public, on Saturday.

Furthermore, the government spokesman pointed out that a series of agricultural, industrial, trade and landed draft decrees were approved including a draft decree providing for reducing 12% of TAV applied to low-voltage electricity destined to household consumption, as well as low-and medium-voltage electricity used in irrigation water pumping.

The meeting also approved a draft decree providing for the exemption or the tax reduction to consumption or TAV, in the purchase of public transport vehicle.

Other draft decrees adopted, those providing for the cancellation or reduction of custom duties, TAV, and taxes applied to agricultural produce and food industry as well as a draft decree providing for the suppression or reduction of the custom duties of some products destined to the health sector.

In another connection, the meeting approved a draft decree providing for the creation of the National Pilgrimage and Umrah Board.

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