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.