22 February 2013

Tunisia: PM Chairs Cabinet Meeting

Tunis — A cabinet meeting held on Friday, headed by outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, discussed the security situation in the country as well as several draft laws and decree-laws, reviewing the measures related to the conclusion of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to the Prime Ministry's statement, Mr. Jebali said this meeting "comes to consecrate the continuity of state functioning and state institutions, and the respect of rules of alternation of power", adding that the cabinet meeting will convene, shortly, under the chairmanship of the new Prime Minister "after having the confidence of the country's legitimate institutions."

He said "supporting the new Prime Minister "actually means supporting Tunisia in this crucial stage of its history."

The Cabinet meeting studied the following draft laws :

1- A draft organic law related to the approval of the co-operation agreement between Tunisia and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) concerning the collaboration and the activities of the bank in Tunisia.

2- A draft organic law providing for the approval of the co-operation agreement between Tunisia and Turkey concerning the creation and the management of cultural centres.

3- A draft organic law related to the approval of the decision of the Tunisian-Turkish Partnership Council of January 23, 2012, concerning the amendment of the two tables A and B of the protocol 2, of the partnership agreement for the establishment of a Tunisian-Turkish free trade zone.

4- A draft organic law providing for the approval of a memorandum of understanding between Tunisia and the European Council on the opening of the Council's office in Tunisia.

5- A draft organic law related to the completion of the law no 21 of March 13, 1991, on practice and organisation of the professions of medicine and dental medicine.

According to the Prime Ministry's statement, the cabinet meeting heard Tunisian Central Bank (BCT) governor who reviewed the furtherance of the procedures related to the signing of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF, providing for funding 1.78 billion dollars to support reforms decided by the government over two years.

Interior Minister Ali Larayedh took stock of the security situation in the country, underlining that the investigations over Chokri Belaid's assassination "has progressed remarkably thanks to the efforts made by the security and judiciary authorities and means devoted to the investigation process."

Data were also presented on two operations led by the security forces concerning the seizure of weapons in a house in M'nihla (Tunis suburb) and the pursuit of armed group in Sidi Bouzid.

Emphasis was placed on the importance to take the necessary precautions to face any attempts aimed to undermine the country's security and its democratic transition.

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