3 September 2014

Tunisia: NCA Passes Articles 15, 16, 17 and 19 of the Draft Anti-Terrorism Law

Tunis — Articles 15, 16, 17 and 19 of the draft anti-terrorism law were passed by the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) at its plenary session held Wednesday morning after a two-hour delay due to lack of a quorum.

Articles 18 and 20 of the same bill were rejected during the session which saw angry oral exchanges between several deputies, accused of conducting an electoral campaign before time. Some of them even left the session.

NCA member Badreddine Abdelkefi (Ennahdha) raised the issue of continuing or stopping the live broadcast of the plenary sessions as well as the repeated absence of some deputies, calling on the Presidency of the NCA to decide on these issues.

The session was adjourned and work will resume in the afternoon.

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