10 October 2011 1:29 pm | | 23

Share     Share       Share     Share  

The Tunisian citizens are going to vote on October 23rd for the candidates who are going to be members of the future Constituent Assembly. This authority will appoint a president and a new government until presidential and parliamentary elections are going to take place. It will also be charged with writing a new constitution.

But how long will the Assembly last?

The political parties have different opinions regarding the duration of the Constituent Assembly. There are currently three positions:

Six-months option

49 parties, in addition to several national organizations and hundreds of prominent figures like Sheikh Abdelfattah Mourou and the lawyer Sadok Belaid created a republican alliance. The alliance called for limiting the duration of the Constituent Assembly’s mission to six months. This is to be achieved via a referendum on the same day as the elections, October 23rd.

One-year option

The PDP and the Socialist Left Party (PSG) originally supported the six months option but then left the group and signed an agreement with ten other political parties belonging to the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolutionary Objectives (HAARO) to establish a transitional process and limit the mandate of the Constitutional Assembly to one year.

The eleven parties to sign the Declaration of the Transitional Process are the following:

  • Ettakatol Party
  • Ettajdid Movement
  • Democratic and Socialist Movement
  • Democratic and Nationalistic Movement
  • Reform and Development Movement
  • Green Tunisia Party
  • Progressive Democratic Party
  • Ennahda Movement
  • Democratic Labour Party
  • Attaliaa Arabic Party
  • Socialist Left Party

Three independent candidates — Sadok Belaid, head of “Kafaa” (ar. “Capacity”) in Ben Arous, Jawher Ben Mbarek, head of “Doustourna” (ar. “Our Constitution”) in Tunis 2 and Souhir Fourati, head of “Doustourna” in Sfax — proposed December 2012 as a date for the referendum after it has been drafted by the members of the Assembly. If the referendum passes, the next presidential elections will take place on January 14th, 2013.

These two short-term visions of the Constituent Assembly show that Tunisia cannot support another transitional period, and that the presidential and parliamentary elections should take place soon so that the government could gain its credibility again and trouble would end.

Three-years option:

The Constituent Assembly was requested by Tunisians who took part in the Kasbah 2 sit-in

The Congress for the Republic (CPR) was the only political party belonging to HAARO that refused the agreement that the eleven other parties signed, asking for a three years Constituent Assembly. According to the CPR, the Constituent Assembly should take its time when writing the constitution since this is going to determine the future of Tunisia for the next centuries.

The head of the CPR, Moncef Marzouki, thinks that Tunisia needs a government of national unity or a constituent government that will manage the country for a three years period – the same length of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly of 1956.

The Constituent Assembly was a demand of the Tunisians who took part in the Kasbah 2 sit-in on February 2011, but its duration has not been determined, yet. The 217 elected members of the Constituent Assembly will debate about the issue and vote for a final decision.

Share     Share       Share     Share  

  From the same category


National Constituent Assembly Approves Initial Articles for Controversial Election Board

Tunisian Civil Society Records 6,000 Cases of Electoral Violations

Ennahda Wins Constituent Assembly Elections

Tunisian Election Results Tables


The October 23rd Constituent Assembly Election in Numbers

Tunisia: Chart of Political Parties

FAQs About the Elections

The Candidates: Heads of Lists by Party and District


The Mechanics of October 23rd: List Names and Symbols on Ballot but No Candidate Names

Eleven Political Parties Agree to Limit Mandate of Constituent Assembly

FAQs on the Constituent Assembly Elections

Comments (23)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

Sites That Link to this Post

  1. Keurig b60 | 28 November 2011
  2. archery | 28 November 2011
  3. top 10 pre workout supplements | 28 November 2011
  4. {baby front carriers|baby carrier cover|backpack baby carriers|mei tai baby carrier|baby carrier ergo|patapum baby carrier|buy baby carrier|close baby carrier|baby hip carriers|used ergo baby carrier|baby carrier slings|baby carrier active|ergo sport baby | 27 November 2011
  5. night ir | 27 November 2011
  6. optics vision systems | 27 November 2011
  7. night sight | 26 November 2011
  8. nightvision | 26 November 2011
  9. spotting scopes | 26 November 2011
  10. culligan water softener manual | 26 November 2011
  11. Sporting Goods | 25 November 2011
  12. preparedness | 25 November 2011
  13. Coffee Mug | 25 November 2011
  14. Travel Club | 25 November 2011
  15. How To Stop A Toothache | 25 November 2011
  16. DT101C/2GB | 24 November 2011
  17. best pre workout supplement | 23 November 2011
  18. John Searl on the Searl Effect | 23 November 2011
  19. Bloggstep | 19 November 2011
  20. Prestashop Templates | 11 November 2011
  21. Tunisia's Constituent Assembly: How Long Will it Last? » Age Discrimination Lawyers | 10 October 2011
  1. Eymen Gamha says:

    Well, the PDP and the Socialist Left Party were both for 6 months constituent assembly, but they later signed an agreement to limit the duration of the constituent assembly to one year.

  2. NR says:

    The Socialist Left Party is listed under the 6- month option as well as under the 1-year option. Are there two such parties or is it perhaps a mistake?

Leave Feedback

  Follow us

Connect on YouTube Connect on Google+ Connect to itunes Subscribe via RSS Feed

  Latest Videos

Play Video

Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte, Tunisia

Bizerte, the northernmost city in Africa, hosted the fourth round of the...

Play Video

Endangered Whale Brought Ashore in Tunis Suburb

Onlookers in the popular tourist spot of Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis,...

Play Video

'Kima Enti:' Mixing Tunisian Traditions With Modern Design

"Kima Enti" is a hand-made art and design project launched by independent...

Play Video

One-Year Anniversary of Chokri Belaid's Death

On February 6, 2014, family and supporters of slain Tunisian politician Chokri...

Play Video

Klay BBJ explains his arrest

Tunisia Live's Nissaf Slama interviews rapper Klay BBJ on his music, arrest,...

Tabbed Structure - Regular
UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize...
Switzerland to Return $40 Million in Ben Ali...
Tunisia Returns Stolen Ancient Artifact to Algeria...
Unemployed Tunisians Risk Their Lives to Build Future...
Ben Ali Officials To Be Released in Revolution...
Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte...
Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for...
NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral...
Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis...
Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis...
NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral Law...
Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte...
Unemployed Tunisians Risk Their Lives to Build Future in Europe...
Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for Ben Ali Officials...
Ben Ali Officials To Be Released in Revolution Killings Case...
UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize...
Tunisia Returns Stolen Ancient Artifact to Algeria...
Switzerland to Return $40 Million in Ben Ali Assets to Tunisia...