Tunisians vote on new constitution referendum

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The vote is being held on the first anniversary of Saied’s ousting of an elected parliament, when he established emergency rule and began governing by fiat…reports Asian Lite News

Voting began on Monday in a referendum on a new constitution that critics of Tunisian President Kais Saied fear will damage the democracy that emerged from a 2011 revolution by handing him nearly total power, it was reported.

Few people were out in the humid early morning streets, but at Rue Marseilles polling station in downtown Tunis, Illyes Moujahed was first in line, saying Saied was the only hope, Reuters reported.

The vote is being held on the first anniversary of Saied’s ousting of an elected parliament, when he established emergency rule and began governing by fiat, it was reported.

Tunisia’s divided opposition parties have called his moves a coup that risks flinging Tunisia back into the autocratic era from before the revolution and putting the final nail into the coffin of the 2011 “Arab spring” uprisings.

It is not clear when the results will be announced after polls close at 2100 GMT, the report said.

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