Saied’s Power Grab May Provoke a Backlash in Tunisia

Tunisian President Kais Saied casts his vote for the constitutional referendum at a polling station in Tunis, Tunisia, July 25, 2022 (Photo by Slim Abid for the Tunisian Presidency, via AP).

For the eighth time in 11 years, voters have been called to the ballot box to weigh in on Tunisia’s future. Over the past decade, Tunisians have chosen new presidents, fresh parliaments and local representatives in peaceful elections. But last week’s referendum, which approved a new constitution, may bring an end to that civic process.

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