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Tunisians back new constitution, but with low turnout

Tunisians back new constitution, but with low turnout

TAREK AMARA and ANGUS MCDOWALL A new Tunisian constitution that the opposition warns may dismantle the country's democracy by greatly expanding presidential powers is set to take effect after a referendum on Monday that appeared to pass easily but with low turnout. President Kais Saied ousted the parliament last year and moved to rule by decree, saying the country needed saving from years of paralysis as he rewrote the democratic constitution introduced after Tunisia's 2011 'Arab spring' revolution. Opposition parties boycotted the referendum, accusing Saied of a coup and saying the new constitution he published less than a month ago…
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An old political prisoner’s warning to Tunisia

An old political prisoner’s warning to Tunisia

TAREK AMARA and ANGUS MCDOWALL HAMMA al-Hammami knows the peril Tunisia risks if it slides back into autocracy, as he and opposition parties warn it may do if President Kais Saied passes his draft constitution in a referendum on Monday. Hammami, a leftist political leader, was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured from 1972 until the 2011 revolution that brought democracy to Tunisia - a moment he experienced from inside an Interior Ministry cell hearing the crowd roar outside. Now, he says, the struggle for freedom must resume after a decade in which Tunisians could say what they pleased, criticise their leaders…
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