Tunisia: Finance Law for 2014 Adopted

Bardo — The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted, Sunday evening, the draft finance law for 2014, with 99 votes for, 10 against and 14 abstentions.

Adding an article providing for the creation of a fund of dignity for the victims of dictatorship aroused a great controversy among the deputies.

This proposal was approved by 87 NCA members and refused by 13 others against 19 abstentions. During this session, the NCA adopted the articles 78, 79, 80, 81, 84 and 85 of the 2014 finance law, after the withdrawal by the NCA members, of the revision they had proposed earlier.

The modification of article 56 providing for the imposition of a property tax, as proposed by "Ettakatol", was also approved, during this session, leading to the adoption of the article after revision.

The NCA members adopted the amendments of articles 35 and 108 and rejected the amendment of article 32 and the removal of the 2nd paragraph of article 72.

After adoption of the finance law for 2014, Caretaker Prime Minister Ali Larayedh stressed the efforts exerted by the governmental team to "serve the people and meet the objectives of the Revolution."

"The government accepts critics which reach sometimes the level of denigration and political provocation," the PM asserted.

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