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Provisional Constitution of Tunisia (2011) – 1: General Provisions

Decree ­law n° 2011­14 dated 23 March 2011, relating to the provisional organization of the public authorities.

The President of the Republic by Interim,

On a proposal from the Prime Minister,

Considering that the Tunisian people are sovereign and exercise sovereignty through his representatives elected with direct, free and fair vote,

Considering that the people have expressed during the revolution of 14 January 2011, their will to exercise their full sovereignty within the framework of a new constitution,

Considering that the current situation of the State after the final vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic on 14 January 2011, as noticed by the constitutional council in its declaration published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia dated 15 January 2011, does no longer allow the regular operation of the public authorities and that the full implementation of the constitution provisions has became impossible.

Considering that the President of the Republic stands sees to the national independence, integrity of the territory and the respect of the law and the implementation of the treaties, and that he sees to the regular operation of the public authorities and ensures the continuity of the State,

After the deliberation of the council of Ministers.

Issues the following decree ­law:

Article 1
The public authorities in the Republic of Tunisia shall be provisionally organized in accordance with the provisions of the decree ­law herein, until a national constituent assembly elected with universal, free, direct and secret vote according to an electoral system chosen for this purpose, takes its functions.

Chapter 1

General provisions

Article 2 ­
Shall come to an end according to the decree ­law herein, the following councils:

-The Chamber of Deputies,
-The Chamber of Advisors,
-The economic and social council,
-The constitutional council,

The secretaries general or those in charge of the administrative and financial affairs of these councils ensure the administrative and financial management until the settlement of the institutions which will replace them according to the new constitution.

Article 3 ­
The Administrative Tribunal and the Court of Auditors shall exercise their prerogatives according to the laws and regulations in force related to their organization, attributions and procedures which are applicable to them.

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