Category: Activities

Summary of Day 14: Thursday 16th January – Assembly Resumes after Marathon Meetings over Judiciary

The Assembly resumed its plenary discussions of the draft constitution after long private meetings between blocs on Wednesday – some as long as six hours – had prevented a plenary being held for the first time since the discussion and voting on the final draft had begun on 3rd January. The plenary returned to two

Summary of Day 12, Tuesday 14th January 2014: Judicial Powers in New Tunisian Constitution Prove Divisive

Tuesday’s plenary opened amid unity and division – unity recalled by the anniversary of the revolution marking three years since the departure of Ben Ali, and divisions about procedures for protecting judicial independence. The day’s proceedings began around 16.30 with a speech by Mustapha ben Jaafar, Speaker of the Assembly (Ettakattol Party) who paid homage

Summary of Day 11, 13th January: Assembly Adopts Executive Powers but Disagrees over Judicial Appointments

The National Constituent Assembly entered its eleventh day of discussion of the constitution on Monday after a long debate the previous evening over the division of executive powers. The dividing line between the powers of the President of the Republic and the powers of the Prime Minister formed the theme of debates around articles 91

Summary of Day 10, Sunday 12th January

Summary of Day 10, Sunday 12th January: Assembly Debates Executive Powers Following the heated exchanges that had brought an adjournment to Saturday’s session, Sunday’s session opened with an apology from Samia Abbou (CPR) for having attacked Ennahdha Party over the consensual amendment to article 73 to remove the upper age limit for Presidential candidates. The

Summary of Day 9: Saturday 11th January – Assembly Reaches the Halfway Mark and Embarks on Chapter on Executive Powers

After the heated scenes of Friday evening, the plenary started at midday on Saturday following meetings of the Consensus Committee and parliamentary blocs. The plenary began with a request to return to article 54 which had been adopted the previous day, to add a paragraph stating that “the Election Law shall establish the legal consequences

Summary of Day 8, Friday 10th January: Assembly Debates Legislative Powers and nears the halfway mark on the new Constitution

  The plenary kicked off at 11:15 on the morning of Friday 10th January, launching straight into the middle of a vote on a proposed amendment to add a new article to the end of Chapter Two, protecting the right to work and “economic initiative” or free enterprise, proposed by Fattoum Attia (Ennahdha Party). There

Summary of Day 7: Historic Parity Rule Adopted Amid Heated Debate and Celebration

– Election of President of new Independent High Commission for Elections – Adoption of articles 44 to 48 – Launch of process for selecting members of the new Truth and Dignity Commission The Assembly witnessed yesterday a mix of heated scenes and recriminations, as well as a final vote on presidency of the Independent High

Summary of Day 6: Tunisia Appoints Independent High Commission for Elections

Wednesday witnessed the arrival of the vote by the National Constituent Assembly on the composition of the new High Commission for Elections (Instance Superieure Independante pour les Elections, ISIE), a moment that had been delayed since the previous Sunday. To put this into context, the composition of the ISIE and announcement of elections form one

Summary of Day 5: Progress through Chapter 2 on Rights and Liberties

The National Constituent Assembly continued its progress through Chapter Two of the draft constitution on Rights and Liberties. A number of significant provisions were adopted recognizing and obligating the state to ensure respect for the right to health, education, work and culture. The Assembly had adopted a number of key civil and political rights at