27 February 2013

Tunisia: NCA Speaker Confers in Vienna With Speaker of Austrian Parliament and Osce SG

Vienna — National Constituent Assembly (NCA) speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar conferred, Wednesday in Vienna, with Austrian parliament speaker Barbara Prammer, on the situation in Tunisia, the furtherance of drafting the constitution and the arrangement to be taken pending the next elections.

During the meeting, Ben Jaafar said that in the present stage of completing the constitution, experts will closely examine the text before the passage to vote article by article.

He specified that the adoption of the draft constitution, with two-third majority, depends on consensus on outstanding issues.

This stage needs according to Ben Jaafar, a national dialogue without exclusion to find a solution to the question in dispute and a clear roadmap to reach the next elections, before late 2013.

Parliamentary groups and parties not represented in the NCA as well as the components of the civil society and the trade union agreed on these requirements, he asserted.

All the national forces also agree on the need fight against violence, especially after the assassination of political leader and human rights activists Chokri Belaid, Ben Jaafar said pointing out that security and stability in Tunisia are primordial.

Besides, he underlined the will to attract investors, after a global revision of the investment code.

In turn, Speaker of Austrian parliament took interest in the process of elaborating the new Tunisian constitution, underlining readiness of the Austrian parliament and government to support Tunisia in this transition phase.

In another connections, NCA speaker conferred with Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Roberto Zannier, who voiced the organisation's will to carry on co-operation with Tunisia in concrete fields in light of the experiences led in matters of democratic transition, notably the 2011 elections.

For his part, Ben Jaafar said that national dialogue, the roadmap elaboration to complete the transition process and the achievement of consensus on outstanding issues is the key concerns of the country.

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