Chawki Tabib: Law on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Authority voted by parliament reduces its powers | Tunisia News Gazette

Chawki Tabib: Law on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Authority voted by parliament reduces its powers

Chawki Tabib, President of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), said on Friday that MPs have betrayed the spirit of the Constitution by voting on the Organic Law of the Constitutional Authority on Good Governance and Anti-corruption.

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) adopted on Wednesday 19 July this law by 116 votes for, 10 against and 5 abstentions.

According to Tabib, the law voted reduces the powers of the court. With this law, he explains, the authority loses some of its tools as provided for by the decree-law organising the activities of INLUCC. According to him, the text is even below the initial version of the draft law on governance.

This vote, he said, in a statement to TAP, revealed a hidden will of the majority of MPs to hinder the activities of the Authority as evidenced by their refusal, for years, to grant it a substantial budget and the refusal of the HPR to sign the national anti-corruption strategy.

Tabib cited, in this regard, article 19 of the draft organic law presented by the government which was rejected by the deputies. The section in question grants the chair and council of the Authority the following prerogatives: seizure, search and finding. Submissions must be sent to the public prosecutor within 24 hours.

Article 20 of the law, he went on saying, provides for a judicial police under supervision and prior judicial control. In concrete terms, he said, this means that the council of the authority elected by parliament and composed of magistrates, lawyers and accountants will have no power to conduct investigations.

According to him, the Constitutional Authority of Good Governance and Anti-Corruption will act as an economic police with a research and study centre.

The 67 articles of the bill were approved in plenary session after the rejection of most of the proposed amendments, notably those concerning the extension of the prerogatives of the proceedings.

Chawki Tabib called for “a commitment by all to establish an independent Authority of good governance and fight against corruption that would benefit from effective prerogatives and ensure a true balance between the powers.”

Source: TAP News Agency

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