Tunisia: Budget 2014 - Most Opposition Deputies Present in General Debate

Bardo — Most deputies of the opposition have decided, at a meeting held on Wednesday, to take part in the general debate of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) on the draft state budget but will not be involved in the discussion of this bill article by article because of their inability to modify its content because of the rule of the majority logic.

Deputy of Nidaa Tounes Khemaies Ksila, who made this statement, said his party and most of the parties of the democratic group had decided to join the plenary session during the general debate to uncover this "catastrophic budget," according to him.

"We will not intervene in the discussion of the budget article by article, not to provide a pretext for delaying the timing of the roadmap and since we cannot change its content," he indicated.

Some deputies representing other parties in the opposition have decided to boycott the plenary session.

They reject the draft budget 2014 which, according to Mourad Amdouni (Popular Movement) and Hichem Hosni (Progressive People's Party), further impoverishes lower classes and in no way contributes to improving their living conditions.

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