The three highest-level Tunisian politicians held an extraordinary session of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) yesterday to launch an initiative to fight corruption on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day.
President Moncef Marzouki, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, and Head of the NCA Mustapha Ben Jaafar each affirmed that Tunisia must continue to combat corruption.
As part of the initiative, Ben Jaafar announced the creation of a commission to fight corruption in the NCA that will be presided over by independent member Slaheddine Ezzahaf.
Ben Jaafar said the ruling Troika coalition is keen on breaking with rampant corruption under the pre-revolution regime.
He stressed the national anti-corruption strategy presented during the session will have a positive impact on both the economy and individual lives.
“The strategy to fight against corruption is a major national effort that has positive repercussions on economic growth of our country, on the improvement of the living standards of our people and on the future of our children,” Ben Jaafar said.
Marzouki expressed concern that Tunisia fell in the global corruption perception index prepared by Transparency International from the rank of 59 before the revolution to 75.
“It is a proof that corruption has spread further after the revolution,” Marzouki deduced.
He laid out conditions for reducing corruption in Tunisia: political will, encouraging civil society to participate in political life, and prosecuting examples of corruption.
Jebali said the fight against corruption is a shared responsibility, emphasizing the role of the family and educational establishments in consecrating values of integrity.
He also called for civil society and investigative journalists to take part in the fight against corruption in Tunisia.