Category: Politics

Opposition Revives No-Confidence Petition Against Assembly Speaker

Opposition Revives No-Confidence Petition Against Assembly Speaker

| 16 January 2014 | 0 Comments

National Constituent Assembly (NCA) member Azad Badi is collecting signatures on a no-confidence petition against assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar. The petition, if successful, would compel the speaker to face an NCA vote on whether to remove him from office. As of Wednesday, 70 NCA members signed the motion, Badi told official news agency TAP. [...]

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Religious Coalition Claims Draft Constitution Violates Principals of Islam

Religious Coalition Claims Draft Constitution Violates Principals of Islam

| 15 January 2014 | 9 Comments

A coalition of religious groups have criticized the draft of the constitution currently being adopted by the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), claiming that some of the articles so far approved violate the fundamentals of Islam. The organizations released a statement Saturday which was posted on the Facebook page of the Tunisian Front of Islamic Organizations [...]

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Judiciary a Sticking Point as Assembly Votes on New Constitution

Judiciary a Sticking Point as Assembly Votes on New Constitution

| 15 January 2014 | 0 Comments

The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) found itself in a deadlock once again Tuesday over articles in the draft constitution outlining the powers of the judiciary. The assembly has been working over the past two weeks to adopt the draft constitution article by article. Articles 107 and 108 of the section on the judiciary are the [...]

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Assembly Disagrees Over Distribution of Powers, Presidential Age Limits

Assembly Disagrees Over Distribution of Powers, Presidential Age Limits

| 13 January 2014 | 1 Comment

Disputes Sunday over the balance of power between the president and prime minister and over age requirements for presidential candidates interrupted the National Constituent Assembly’s (NCA) progress in adopting articles in the new constitution. Article 90, which tasks the prime minister with “setting the general policy of the state,” failed to receive the required majority [...]

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Debate Asks Whether Arab Spring is ‘Finished’

Debate Asks Whether Arab Spring is ‘Finished’

| 13 January 2014 | 0 Comments

Around two hundred people made their way to the Tunis Grand Hotel Sunday night to attend the latest installment of the New Arab Debates. The internationally-televised debate series is held in English and Arabic in cities across the Middle East and North Africa. The English edition will be broadcast on German television channel Deutsche Welle. [...]

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Assembly Adopts Four Constitution Articles, Elects Election Board Chief

Assembly Adopts Four Constitution Articles, Elects Election Board Chief

| 10 January 2014 | 1 Comment

The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) on Thursday continued its work in adopting the new draft constitution and preparing for new elections, approving four more articles in the constitution and electing the president of the new board of elections. The assembly has now adopted 48 articles of the draft constitution, marking one-third of the document’s 146 [...]

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Prime Minister Suspends New Vehicle Taxes After Protests

Prime Minister Suspends New Vehicle Taxes After Protests

| 09 January 2014 | 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh announced in a press conference Thursday that all new fees imposed on vehicles by the new 2014 budget would be suspended until further notice. The statement followed a meeting this morning with several ministries and representatives of the UTICA employers’ union. The decision comes after protests around the country over the [...]

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Prime Minister Laarayedh Announces Resignation

Prime Minister Laarayedh Announces Resignation

| 09 January 2014 | 2 Comments

Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh announced his resignation this afternoon, saying he will oversee the government until the new government takes over. He delivered his resignation to President Moncef Marzouki this afternoon and then addressed the media. Laarayedh’s announcement comes after the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) finished voting Wednesday night on the nine members who will [...]

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Rights to Health and Free Education Approved in Tunisian Constitution

Rights to Health and Free Education Approved in Tunisian Constitution

| 07 January 2014 | 1 Comment

During Tuesday’s morning session, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted five more articles in the Rights and Liberties Chapter of the draft constitution. Articles 37, 38, 39, 40, and 41 respectively enshrine the rights to health, free and public education, work, intellectual property, and freedom of creation. The assembly is voting on each article individually. [...]

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After Banning Takfir, Assembly Continues Vote to Approve Constitution

After Banning Takfir, Assembly Continues Vote to Approve Constitution

| 06 January 2014 | 4 Comments

After a contentious Sunday session, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) today resumed article by article voting on the new constitution. The assembly has been tasked with approving the entire 146-article document by January 13. Monday’s plenary session was supposed to be scheduled for the selection of the membership of the board of elections. However, the [...]

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