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HPR Speaker spokesman denies Mohamed Ennaceur is biased in favour of bills presented by government.

(TAP) -- Spokesman for the Speaker of the House of People's Representatives (HPR) Hassene Fathali, on Monday, denied Mohamed Ennaceur was biased in favour of government bills.

"Giving priority to bills is in line with the provisions of the rules of procedure of the HPR and the Constitution," he justified in response to accusations of bias addressed to HPR Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur.

In his view, this was an error in the interpretation of the rules of procedure of the HPR and the provisions of the Constitution. For, he explains, the HPR Bureau sets the priorities of the legislative institution and its work programme on the basis of the requests submitted by the government to Parliament to examine the priority bills.

The Constitution gives priority to the initiatives proposed by the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic over those of MPs, he added.

In a statement to TAP on Monday, Fathalli said the majority of priority bills that were urgently examined at the government's request were adopted.

Until April 25, the HPR has adopted 170 bills, of which 43 during the first session, 82 during the second session and 45 since the beginning of the third session (October 2016-25 April 2017), he added, noting that among the bills submitted to the committees more than 40 bills are submitted by the government and 37 by MPs.

Article 62 of the Constitution stipulates that "Legislative initiative is carried out with legislative propositions made by no less than ten members, or with draft laws submitted by the President of the Republic, or by the Head of Government."

"The Head of the Government is the only authority entitled to present draft laws related to the ratification of treaties and draft budget laws."

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Date:Apr 24, 2017
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