Tunisia Adopts Constitution with 'Unchecked' Presidential Powers

Tunisia Adopts Constitution with 'Unchecked' Presidential Powers

Tunisians voted in favor of a new constitution this week that will grant the North African nation’s president, Kais Saied, “unchecked powers,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Tuesday, noting that voter turnout in the referendum was “poor,” as 30.5 percent of eligible voters participated.

Tunisia’s electoral commission director, Farouk Bouasker, announced on July 26 “the acceptance of the new draft constitution for the Republic of Tunisia, based on preliminary results, with 94.6 percent of valid ballots voting ‘yes’, on 30.5 percent turnout.”

A Monday night exit poll by the independent polling group Sigma Conseil predicted that Tunisia’s new constitution would gain approval once all votes were counted by the next day.

President Saied’s political rivals accused Tunisia’s electoral board, which is controlled by Saied,

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