Tunisia has all assets to access "Partner for Democracy" status with PACE (George Loucaides) | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia has all assets to access “Partner for Democracy” status with PACE (George Loucaides)

Tunisia has all the assets to access the “Partner for Democracy” status with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), affirmed Thursday in Tunis Rapporteur for PACE George Loucaides.

“Over the years, Tunisia has successfully conduct its democratic transition by leading the country to transparent and fair elections. It has embarked in a political reform process, thus paving the way for setting up solid and lasting constitutional authorities,” he added at a press briefing to assess the democratic transition process in Tunisia.

According to him, the “Partner for Democracy” status commits Tunisia to prioritise a fair participation of women and men in public and political actions and to consecrate the freedom of religion, press and expression and the local and regional democracy.

“The Council of Europe asks also Tunisia to remove the death penalty from the penal code, counter corruption and guarantee the independence and impartiality of judges,” he specified.

Once a member, Tunisia will be represented by a delegation made up of six MPs. This delegation shall participate in all works of the Strasbourg Assembly and take the floor at all its plenary sessions, yet without voting the resolutions.

Morocco is the first “Partner for Democracy” with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that includes 47 European States.

Source: TAP News Agency

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