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Constitution Tunisia

Opposition NCA member Salma Baccar.

Opposition politicians have accused the parliamentary committee charged with drafting the constitution of modifying articles related to strikes and freedom of expression without having the authority to do so.

A final draft of the constitution was produced by the Joint Committee for Coordination and Drafting (JCCD) April 23.

Salma Baccar, an opposition member in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) and vice president of the Committee on Rights and Freedom, told Tunisian radio Express FM that the JCCD had changed at least five or six articles.

Baccar called this an abuse of power and said that, according to the NCA’s internal regulations, the JCCD only has the right to make stylistic, not substantive, changes to the constitution.

Nadia Ben Chaabane, an NCA oppostion member affiliated with the Al Massar party, told Tunisia Live that Article 33, which concerns the right to organize a strike, has been changed.

Ben Chaaben said that the article places limitations and conditions on the right to strike.

“For example, protestors should not damage public equipment during the strike and also the strike should ensure the continuity of public facilities,” she said. “This means that this article will oblige all public facilities to continue working during the strike.”

Baccar added that modifications to Article 40 place restrictions on freedom of expression.

JCCD member Abdelmajid Najjar told Tunisia Live that the committee has the right to amend articles and the committee’s changes were not unlawful.

Addressing the complaints of opposition members, he remarked, “satisfying people is an end that cannot be achieved.”

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  1. sadok says:

    This final stage of drafting the”Constitution”is a rather delicate one.
    Each group of parliamentarian(ANC)tries to convey his messages before
    the critical phase,namely the approval or the rejection of the final
    draft.So many criteria need be taken into account,namely meaningfulness,truth,clarity,fiability,verifiability,precision,trans-parency,and acceptibility by the public in all its diversity.Three main
    criteria are worth reiterating,i.e.,originality or authenticity,scholar
    ship and diffusion,in the short-run as well as the long-run.Anyhow, a lot of patience is needed,to get through this final exercice,so as to
    safeguard the fundamentals in terms of liberties,duties,and all institutional aspects,as well as the “separation of powers,”or”Checks
    and balances.”This is certainly a learning process that requires the cooperation of all parties concerned.

  2. hichem says:

    you’ve been talking alone like a lunatic, add lunatic to your handle.

    • proud primitive bedouin says:

      to that secularist “hichem”: typical secularist, the most dumb people on earth, they are never able to discuss rationally.

      no go smoke hashish and geht involved into sodomy – the favourate activity of secularists

    • maria says:

      @ hichem…..he is a raving…….repeat raving lunatic, who is obsessed with homosexuals and women so my theory is women wont let him near them and he does not have the courage to come out as a homosexual….so he sits and spins on …on oh well the mind boggles….god help him…..whats even funnier is that he is not a Tunisian so how can he possibly speak for them or attempt to represent them. I think most of the posts are from people who care about the progress of the country but with him as a representative ……..???????

  3. proud primitive bedouin says:

    i just wanted to clarify that i didn´t want to insult mrs. salma baccar or to implifie that she is lesbian, but my question is: why do female politicians look like men?

    this is not a coinsidence!

    look at angela merkel

    arab countries must outlaw boy haircuts for women, its disgusting, unislamic and i can´t see this fashion that comes from the west anymore!


  4. proud primitive bedouin says:

    i noticed that female politicians like female professionels are ugly and look like men. coincidence? i don´t think so!

    women who are academics or politicians are deviants like homosexuals in my opinion.

    arabic women should be housewifes and mothers and not politicians who look like males.

    • CyndaMarie says:

      What a male chauvinistic thing to say and NO I’m not Tunisian or married. Neither of which are relevant. Oh and I do have a short boy haircut too. I would hate to be your wife or mother since you have such a low opinion of women. Thank God all Arabic men aren’t like you.

  5. proud primitive bedouin says:

    strikes should be forbidden, what tunisia and any arab country needs is a stalbe climat for investment.

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