President Kaïs Saïed deemed the overhaul of the law on the Supreme Judicial Council (CSM) “essential”, as he received Monday at the Carthage Palace, Minister of Justice Leila Jaffel and First President of the Court of Auditors Najib Ktari. That law is “no less important than the Constitution”, he stressed.
The Head of State added that “there can be no real progress without a radical reform of the judiciary, affirming that he will not interfere in the affairs of the judiciary, according to a statement from the Presidency.
Addressing the Minister of Justice in a video posted on the portal of the Presidency, Kaïs Saïed stressed that the drafting of a decree on the Supreme Judicial Council in no way means interference in the affairs of the judiciary.
Judges will themselves be involved in preparing the draft, he pointed out.
In addition, the President referred to a report posted online by the United States Justice Department Monday, incriminating three Tunisian political parties, without mentioning their names.
“The US report confirms the information according to which Tunisian political parties had concluded contracts with foreign lobbying firms.
This has been proven today through the report of the Court of Auditors and the Department of Justice of the United States,” he said.
President Kaïs Saïed also questioned the interest of the cancellation of a candidate electoral list, five years later.
During the meeting, Saïed also reminded of many breaches relating to a foreign campaign finance mentioned in the report of the Court of Auditors.
“This is besides conspiracy cases, sexual harassment, violence and other crimes involving some MPs, he further stressed.