Discussion of the internal regime continues in the Chamber of Deputies

A well-informed source from the House of Representatives revealed that the commission in charge of revising the House’s internal regulations will meet on Tuesday to put the final touches on the institution’s draft internal regulations.

The same source explained that this meeting aims to agree on the contents of the Council’s internal regime, in order to finalize its formulation before the opening of Parliament on the second Friday of next October.

Source of Hespress suggested that the meetings of the commission in charge of revising the regulation, in which representatives of all the parliamentary groups and groups participate, would be able to reach an agreement between the different components of the Council on the expected modifications to the current text, which dates of 2017.

Hespress learned that several points in the draft of the new regulation of the first chamber had not been agreed between the teams and the parliamentary group.

In this regard, Hespress sources revealed that the lifting of the secrecy on the work of the permanent commissions has not yet been agreed between the parliamentary groups, especially between the majority and the opposition. While the majority groups cling to the adoption of secrecy at the level of the legislative procedure, the opposition groups demand that the possibility of opening permanent commissions to journalists and public opinion be allowed if it is a legislative requirement that affects a large segment of the population. the citizens.

The Progress and Socialism Team of the Chamber of Deputies also demanded that the heads of the teams be empowered to request the opening of the work of the permanent commissions to the media.

The reform project establishes that the meetings of the council committees are confidential in accordance with the requirements of article 68 of the Constitution, and can be held in public if it is an urgent issue that requires clarification or a control issue that captures the attention of the national public opinion, maintaining the confidentiality of the legislative procedure.

The amendments gave the authority to submit a request to hold public meetings of the standing committees of the Speaker of Parliament and the government, the heads of parliamentary groups and one third of the members of the relevant committee; He also suggested that this request be sent to the relevant committee chair within 24 hours.

As for the secret meetings of the permanent committees, the Progress and Socialism team suggested that attendance be limited to members of the Council, the government, delegates authorized by it, and the administrative staff of the committees. Teams and representative group may also assign an employee to attend.

On the other hand, the opposition groups cling to obtain the positions of secretary and accountant in the composition of the parliament office, without being bound by the principle of proportional representation defended by Rashid Talbi Alami, president of the Parliament.

Al-Talbi Al-Alami bases his arguments on Chapter 62 of the Constitution, which states in its last paragraph that “He elects the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the members of the office and the heads of the standing committees and their offices , at the beginning of the parliamentary term, and then in its third year in the April session for the rest of the mentioned term. The members of the table are chosen on the basis of the proportional representation of each team”; While the opposition groups believe that the operation of the House of Representatives should be subject to a participatory logic away from exclusion.

In addition, the teams and the parliamentary group agreed on most of the reforms that will be made to the statutes of the Chamber of Deputies.

The aforementioned modifications, which Hespress reviewed, included streamlining the work of exploratory missions and organizing the membership divestiture procedure.

In this regard, the reforms stipulated that “a permanent committee cannot organize more than two reconnaissance missions at the same time, until one or both missions complete their work and present their reports.”

The reforms also gave the office of the Permanent Commission the power to determine the number of deputies it assigns with the exploratory mission, provided that it does not exceed eight members and that it is not less than two members.

No deputy can be a member of two existing exploratory missions at the same time, and the amendments prevented the extension of the exploratory mission function to investigation missions framed in Chapter 67 of the Constitution.

The reforms also stipulated the need to inform any deputy who finds himself in a situation of conflict of interest that intersects with the objectives of the temporary reconnaissance mission of which he is a part, in order to avoid affecting his impartiality. and independence.

The amendments also organized a procedure to strip MPs of their membership in the House of Representatives.

In this regard, the amendments included stripping any Member of Parliament who is absent for a full legislative year from attending Council work without an acceptable excuse of their membership in the Council. The amendments defined the concept of “acceptable excuse” to justify the absence for a full year, while the procedure for requesting removal was reviewed.