Tunisia's lawyers to go on open strike on December 5

Lawyers will protest the finance bill in its strand dedicated to the taxation of lawyers,

  
Image used for illustrative purposse Members of the Tunisian parliament of Nidaa Tounes party attend a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi - RTS66XB

Image used for illustrative purposse Members of the Tunisian parliament of Nidaa Tounes party attend a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi - RTS66XB

Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi - RTS66XB
04 December 2016

(TAP) - Lawyers will start an open general strike in all courts from Monday, December 5 to protest the Finance Bill for 2017 in its strand dedicated to the taxation of lawyers, the Board of the National Association of Tunisian Lawyers (ONAT) announced on Saturday.

A national march to the Kasbah will also be staged Tuesday, December 6, said Lotfi Arbi, president of the Tunis chapter of ONAT.

Lawyers had observed three sit-ins in recent days to protest the new tax regime governing their profession proposed in the draft budget law for the year 2017.

They demand the annulment of Articles 31 and 32 of that bill and claimed the resignation of Finance Minister Lamia Zribi who had indicated that out of a total of 8 thousand Tunisian lawyers, only half pay their taxes.

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