11 April 2014

Tunisia: NCA - General Debate On Law Related to Constitutionality Control Authority

Bardo — The general debate on the law related to the Constitutionality Control Authority of laws was completed, Friday, in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA).

After the debate, the text was declared admissible by a positive vote of all the 121 deputies attending the plenary session to be discussed article by article, Saturday, before its adoption.

The plenary session was chaired by NCA president Mustapha Ben Jaafar with attendance, from the government side, of Justice, Human Rights and Transitional Justice Minister.

President of the general legislation commission Kalthoum Badreddine reminded that the creation of this authority scheduled by the transitory provisions of the Constitution aimed to avoid the legal vacuum in matters of control of constitutionality of laws pending the establishment of the Constitutional Court.

The NCA President decided to lift the session because he judged "insufficient" the presence of the deputies "to examine " a draft organic law of such importance." The general debate was marked by divergences on a number of articles of the text, as regards in particular the legal status of the Constitutionality Control Authority.

He decided to hold a meeting, in the afternoon, of the presidents of the parliamentary groups to attempt to reach consensus concerning the points of the text which led to controversies.

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