Tunisia's new cabinet wins parliament confidence

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also welcomed the adoption of a new constitution in Tunisia.

Tunisia's new cabinet wins parliament confidence

World Bulletin / News Desk

As many as 149 lawmakers voted in favor of the cabinet line-up presented by Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, 20 voted against and 24 abstained.

The new Tunisian government has won the confidence of the National Constituent Assembly with more than two thirds of votes.

As many as 149 lawmakers voted in favor of the cabinet line-up presented by Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, 20 voted against and 24 abstained.

The cabinet needed only a 50 percent plus one majority to pass.

Jomaa had presented his cabinet – which comprises 21 ministers and seven state ministers – and political program to the assembly on Tuesday for approval.

The debates took nearly 12 hours before the assembly granted the cabinet its seal of approval.

The tourism minister-designate received a storm of criticism after a lawmaker unveiled that she had visited Israel in 2006.

Amal Karboul was even asked by lawmaker Ibrahim al-Qasas to "pack your files and get out."

But Jomaa spoke to the parliament in defense of his minister saying that Karboul had visited Israel for one day as part of a UN program for the training of Palestinian youths.

In its final drafting of the new constitution – which has already been passed earlier this week - the assembly had dropped an earlier article criminalizing any form of normalization with "Zionism and the Zionist entity," a reference to Israel.

Turkey welcomes Tunisia constitution

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the adoption of a new constitution in Tunisia.

Holding up Tunisia as an example for the Middle East, MFA said in a statement Tuesday: "The completion of the constituion with common sense and nationwide dialogue once again marks the commitment of Tunisian people to democratic values and consensus culture."

Stressing the importance of the next process - parliamentary and presidential elections - the ministry reassured its support to "brother" country Tunisia's democracy and development efforts.

Tunisia's 217-member National Constituent Assembly (NCA) approved the new constitution late Sunday - the first since the ouster of autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali three years ago.

 

 

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