13 January 2014

Tunisia: NCA Passes Articles 94 to 99 of Draft Constitution

Bardo — The National Constituent Assembly (NCA), Monday, ended the adoption of articles of Section two of the Chapter of the executive power on the mandates of the Government (88 to 99).

Under Article 94, which was passed without amendment, by 167 deputies, against one objection, "the government is held accountable before the Chamber of People's Representatives."

Article 95, which received 160 votes, 4 objections and 8 abstentions, it states that each member of the Chamber of People's Representatives has the right to submit written or oral questions to the Government, in accordance with the Chamber's internal rules of procedure.

Adopted by 157 votes, 4 objections and 8 abstentions, Article 96 determines provisions related to the motion of censure against the government or the withdrawal of the vote of confidence in one of its members.

Article 97 regulates the terms of resignation and renewed confidence in the government.

This article was voted with a majority of 156 votes, with 3 objections and two abstentions.

An article 97a was added and passed, giving the President of the Republic, in case the deadline for forming the government or renewal of confidence ends, the right to dissolve the Chamber and call for early parliamentary elections in a time ranging from 45 to 90 days.

Article 98, approved by 159 deputies, with two oppositions and one abstention, sets the terms and deadline for the formation of government in case of vacancy in the office of the prime minister.

Adopted by 149 votes, with 2 oppositions and 14 abstentions, Article 99 states that the Constitutional Court shall resolve any dispute arising with respect to the mandates of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.

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