Tunisian parliament gives govt special powers

To handle COVID-19 emergency, president goes to Carthage

06 April, 15:57

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    TUNIS - The Tunisian parliament has voted in favour of applying Art. 70 of the constitution, which provides for the government to rule by decree for up to two months. The implementation of Art. 70 will help the government to speed up its actions to counter COVID-19 spread, especially as its peak in the country is expected to come next week or within the next ten days. In a parliamentary chamber half-empty since many of the MPs were working online, Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said that he understood the concerns expressed by some MPs about risks to democracy, noting that the parliament continues to be able to monitor the government's actions and to withdraw the government's right top rule by decree if it were to be abused. Tunisian president Kais Said has meanwhile decide to move to the Carthage palace due to the COVID-19 emergency, according to an official statement.

    The pandemic, it noted, requires his constant presence in the palace. Tunisia has 574 recorded cases of COVID-19 an 22 people testing positive for it have died.

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