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

Summary of Day 3: Chapter 1 adopted amid disputes and threats of withdrawal

After achieving a relativey swift pace of discussion on Saturday, Sunday brought very little progress on the discussion of the draft constitution and the spectre of deadlock once again in the Assembly. The announcement by the Speaker of the Assembly, Mustapha ben Jaafar, of a dispute between two deputies launched a polemic that saw a

Summary of Day 2: Saturday 4th January 2014

Day 2: Saturday 4th January 2014 The plenary debate around the constitution resumed on Saturday morning at 10:25 with the commencement of discussions of the first chapter on “General Principles”. After the procedural confusion that had accompanied some of the discussions on Friday, Saturday’s discussion was characterized by more orderliness, with 15 articles being discussed