8 February 2014

Tunisia: Constituent Session of Children's Parliament

Bardo — The constituent session of the Children's Parliament was held on Saturday at the seat of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).

The rules of procedure and the procedure manual for the election of the children's parliament were adopted during this session.

Director General of the Observatory of Information, Training, Documentation and Studies for Protection of Child Rights Mejda Ben Jaafar told TAP that "the only criteria for the selection of the 76 children present at the constituent session was their school grades," saying children have been picked from high, primary and vocational training schools and integrated centres in the 24 governorates of the country.

The first parliamentary elections will be held in June 2014 for a two-year term.

The speaker of the parliament and the two deputy speakers will serve for a one-year term according to the procedure manual of elections.

NCA President Mustapha Ben Jaafar said the resumption of work of the children's parliament coincides with celebrations marking the adoption of the constitution, adding that the new constitution contains in its articles 7, 8 and 47 provisions on child rights.

The assembly is composed of 120 children aged between 12 and 16, i.e. 5 children from each of the 24 governorates. Selected children should have a school grade of 12 out of 20 at the first quarter of the current school year.

Tunisia's first children's parliament was set up in 2003.

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