Some debutants of the National People’s Assembly (APN) risk losing their parliamentary immunities, but also their mandates. Indeed, the deputies concerned by these measures are those who have been caught by the courts or those who find themselves in a situation of incompatibility with the parliamentary mandate, and who will have to choose between the abundance of their liberal activities and their businesses or the resignation from the APN.
According to information reported by the French-speaking daily El Watan, “many elected members of the two parliamentary Chambers risk being stripped of their parliamentary immunity in the days to come. In the case of these deputies, whose number rises to 19 (12 deputies and 7 senators), this measure of lifting of immunity intervenes because of antecedents with justice or legal proceedings “.
However, another category of deputies is affected by the lifting of parliamentary immunity, they even risk losing their mandates, these are deputies concerned by the incompatibility with the parliamentary mandate. According to the same source, the deputies of this second category “must choose between the abundance of their liberal activities and their businesses or the resignation of the APN”.
It should be noted that “so far, parliamentarians with businesses were content to cede the management of their affairs for the time of their legislative mandate, and this, through derogations granted to them by the APN office” , we read again.
“Some deputies have already complied with the Constitution”, Mohamed Azziz
The President of the Legal Affairs Commission at the APN, Mohamed Azziz, indicated that “some deputies have already complied with the Constitution”, adding that they “have spoken with the President of the Assembly and presented the documents proving that they have put an end to their previous commercial activities or liberal professions”.
While some MPs affected by the incompatibility with the parliamentary mandate have already made the choice to regulate their situations, others have found themselves faced with an impasse with no solution in sight. This is particularly the case of “managers of large companies or liberal professions”.
Moreover, Mohamed Azziz did not fail to recall that “the Constitution of November 1, 2020 confirms that the state of incompatibility affects all persons involved in trade, managers or shareholders, and that the deputy is obliged to devote himself exclusively to his parliamentary mandate”.