Tunisia: Articles 52 to 56 of Draft Constitution Approved

Bardo — Convening, Friday, in plenary session, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted articles 52 to 56 of the draft Constitution.

These articles provide respectively for the right of eligibility to the Assembly of the People's Representatives, the age of voters, the mode of vote, the legislature, the date of the start of the first session of the parliamentary term of the people's representatives, as well as the parliamentary holidays and the extraordinary parliamentary sessions.

Article 52 was adopted without amendment with 147 votes, 23 objections and 9 abstentions.

Article 53 was also adopted without amendment with 158 votes.

As regards article 54, a proposal of amendment was presented by NCA member Jamel Touir consisting in adding a paragraph guaranteeing the representativity of the Tunisian expatriates within the Assembly of the people's Representatives.

The proposal was retained with 165 votes against 6 abstentions.

Article 55 was maintained in its initial version and was adopted with 163 votes, one objection and 2 abstentions. Article 56 of the draft Constitution provides for the start of the first session of the parliamentary term of the parliamentary holidays and the extraordinary parliamentary sessions.

This article was adopted without amendment with 159 votes, 8 objections and 4 abstentions.

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