6 January 2014

Tunisia: Constitution - Quartet Looks At Experts' Proposals

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Tunisia's new constitution will pave the way for elections.

Bardo, — The Quartet sponsoring the National Dialogue met, Monday, with constitutional experts to examine their proposals on the future Constitution.

In a statement at the end of a four-hour discussion, President of the Bar Mohamed Fadhel Mahfouhd said the Quartet will submit the experts' proposals to the Consensus Commission.

In turn, Ennahdha party leader Ameur Larayedh said that the meeting was an opportunity to take note of the experts' opinions on the consensus reached in the National Constituent Assembly, particularly, those related to the transitional provisions.

He stated that the proposals of experts will serve the Consensus Commission.

A meeting between the quartet and political parties' leaders is due Tuesday to establish the next work schedule.

The completion of the three processes (governmental, constituent and electoral), is also on the agenda, according to Ameur Larayedh.

Constitutionalist and member of the expert commission appointed by the quartet, Yadh Ben Achour said the commission expressed a favourable opinion over the text of the Constitution in light of the consensus reached in the Consensus Commission.

The current text, he said, by far "better" than the draft Constitution of June 1, 2013 after adding key points that led to the drafting of a text acceptable by all Tunisians.

In this connection, he reviewed the "positive points of the final draft Constitution like articles 1 and 2 (which define the nature of the Tunisian state), article 6 (related to freedom of consciousness) and article 48 in its new version (relates to the protection of rights and freedoms.

On this last article, Yadh Ben Achour said it is in harmony with the international standards, since it not only determines rights and freedoms by referring to the law but requires compliance with their essence.

However, Yadh Ben Achour expressed reservations about several points related to the constitutional court, transitional provisions and the judiciary which, he said, must be clarified.

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