22 April 2013 12:02 pm | | 0


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Omar Chetoui. Image courtesy Kalima Tunisie.

A key parliamentary committee has agreed on a mixed political system that would balance the power and responsibilities in the Tunisian government between the president and the prime minister, National Consitutent Assembly (NCA) member Omar Chetoui told Tunisia Live.

Chetoui is chair of a parliamentary subcommittee focused on the balance of power in the new constitution. The subcommittee falls under the Joint Committee for Coordination and Drafting, which is tasked with finalizing the writing of the constitution.

There has been debate in Tunisia surrounding adoption of a presidential system, a parliamentary system, or a mixed system. The committee has agreed on the latter.

According to Chetoui, a mixed system would allow neither the president nor the prime minister to monopolize power.

The two leaders will share responsibility over the formation of the government, foreign policy, appointment to senior positions, the dissolution of the parliament and government, and vetoing legislation.

Chetoui argued that a mixed system is beneficial because it guarantees a stable and pluralist democracy, and would prevent any one political party from dominating the legislative and executive branches. He added that this system would guarantee that “tyranny” would not re-emerge in Tunisia.

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