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Tunisians vote in referendum on handing president almost total power

Critics of Kais Saied fear he will rip up democracy that emerged from 2011 revolution

Tunisians have begun voting in a referendum on a new constitution that critics of the president fear will dismantle the democracy that emerged from a 2011 revolution by handing him nearly total power.

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

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