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Tunisians back new constitution but turnout just 25 per cent, exit poll says

Tunisia Tunis vote counting

Tunis, TunisiaReuters Voters in a referendum in Tunisia on Monday overwhelmingly backed a new constitution giving President Kais Saied nearly total powers but with only a quarter of eligible voters participating, an exit poll said, amid a boycott by opposition parties.  The poll by Sigma Conseil said 92.3 per cent of voters in the referendum […]

Tunisians vote on constitution expanding President’s power

Tunisia President Kais Saied

Tunis, Tunisia Reuters Tunisians vote on Monday in a referendum on a new constitution that critics of President Kais Saied fear will maul the democracy that emerged from a 2011 revolution by handing him nearly total power. The vote is being held on the anniversary of Saied’s sudden move against the elected parliament when he […]

Hundreds protest Tunisian referendum

Tunisia constitution referendum protests

Tunis, TunisiaReuters Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Tunis on Saturday to demonstrate against a referendum to be held on Monday on a new constitution that they reject as illegal.  President Kais Saied published the draft constitution, giving himself far more powers, reducing the role of the parliament and judiciary, and removing most checks on […]

Tunisians protest against referendum for controversial new constitution

Tunisia Tunis protests

Tunis, TunisiaReuters Tunisian police blocked hundreds of demonstrators from reaching electoral commission offices on Thursday as protesters took to the streets against a referendum on a new constitution that would expand the President’s executive powers. President Kais Saied proposed the new constitution this month that would limit the role of parliament and boost his own […]

In poor area of Tunis, hopes for better times ahead

Tunisia Tunis garbage dump

Tunis, Tunisia Reuters As day breaks over Tunis, Jamila Ghuili takes her two small children out into the streets to scavenge in waste bins for plastic bottles that she sells to buy food for her family. Abandoned by her husband, the single mother lives in a poor part of Omrane Superieur, a neighbourhood of the […]

Anger over Tunisia’s pandemic failures fuels political crisis

Tunisia Tunis vaccination service

Jendouba, Tunisia Reuters Waiting in line to receive a COVID-19 jab from the Tunisian army, Zubeir Bin Ammar was in little doubt that the military and President Kais Saied were succeeding where the government he removed from power had failed. “May God bless the army and the president. I hope they let him rule because […]

Tunisian President fires premier after violent protests

Tunisia protests 25th July

Tunis, TunisiaAP Tunisia’s President fired the country’s Prime Minister Sunday and froze parliament’s activities after violent demonstrations over the country’s pandemic and economic situation. President Kais Saied also lifted the immunity of all parliament members and said he would name a new prime minister in the coming hours to bring calm to the country. It […]