22 April 2013 1:30 pm | | 6


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The National Constituent Assembly
Photo courtesy: TAP.

The parliamentary committee tasked with preparing the final draft of the constitution must complete its work by Saturday.

The Joint Committee for Coordination and Drafting faces an April 27 deadline to complete the document. The draft must then be submitted to the President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), the Prime Minister, and the President of the Republic, and voted on in the NCA by May 20.

Ennahdha, the Islamist party leading the coalition government, issued a statement Monday in which NCA general rapporteur Habib Khedher said that the the committee will hold consecutive sessions in order to meet the April 27 deadline to submit the final draft.

Khedher announced a list of 12 names of experts who will be consulted during the process of finalizing the draft. The list of legal experts, constitutional experts, and linguists includes NCA Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar, Minister of Justice Nadhir Ben Ammou, Iyadh Ben Achour, and Kais Saied.

The experts are tasked with giving advice on the final details of the draft constitution before it is submitted to the three heads of power.

NCA member Fadhel Moussa said the final draft will be discussed at a plenary session of the assembly 15 days after the submission of the final draft, and voted on by May 20. Articles will be voted on one at a time, with each needing an absolute majority of at least 50 percent to be passed. The constitution will then be voted on as a whole, needing a two-thirds supermajority of NCA votes to be approved. This must occur by July 8, according to Moussa.

In case a consensus is not reached, a referendum will take place following a second reading of the final draft. Moussa posted on his Facebook page that reaching a consensus by July 8 during the first voting session is an optimistic scenario. However, he said, there are positive signs that having a satisfying final version of the constitution is feasible.

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  1. proud primitive bedouin says:

    to that guy “Anonymos”:

    That is one of those typical stupid favourat pseudo-arguments of all kind of modernists, secularists, leftists, liberals, artists, communists, socialists, homosexuals or what ever you may call these evil people.

    The only thing people like yourself are abble to do in discussions is to call arguments or opinions of other people as “reactionary”, “backward”, “medieval” or to use another word like that. NOthing else!

    And I so to that: So what? Whats wrong with being backhward, medieval and reactionary and primitive? I don´t want to have anything to do with modernity and all this western culture, where a man can marry another man and women are not under the rule of the powerful male or where women put silicon in their breasts etc.

    I´m a proud primitive and reactionary muslim fundamentalist and i recommend it!

    women must obey their husband and homosexuals are disgusting!

  2. proud primitive bedouin says:

    i hope they will have sharia law one day so they can execute disgusting homosexuals and put women where they belong – into the kitchen!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well that’s medieval.

    • maria says:

      anal sex has had its place among arab male hetrosexuals for a long time. I think for people like you homosexuals remind you of what your tyring to ignore about yourself…..should not put women in the kitchen unwillingly…… like i told you before remember who cooked a certain persons last meal…silly woman right….dont throw stones as they may land at your feet. Just sayin

      • proud primitive bedouin says:

        “anal sex has had its place among arab male hetrosexuals for a long time. I think for people like you homosexuals remind you of what your tyring to ignore about yourself…..”

        even if that was true, that doesn´t justify anything. analsex is a sin and a deviancy and very evil. if you are trying to implifie with that last sentence, that i´m a sodomite myself or involved in sodomy, that i can say, that this is one of those favourite fake arguments of those sodomite supporters to which you seem to belong, to say to people who are against the evil crime of sodomy and the evil people of sodomites, that they are themselves sodomites.

        it is typical for modernists like yourself to say that – you can only repeat what other evil people like yourself said or what western intellectuals say. and it prooves again your stupidity as a women
        “…..should not put women in the kitchen unwillingly”
        women belong into the house. they have their duties to care for their children and to cook and clean.

        but feminists like you want women to leave the house, cut their hair and become lesbians like hillary clinton and that has no place in the arab world!!!!!!!!

        • maria says:

          ha ha ha ha your really funny and make me laugh loud………keep it up….o no probably have problems there to ……

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