Tunisia live news: Vote begins in referendum on constitution

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  • Tunisians have begun voting on whether to accept a new constitution put forward by President Kais Saied.
  • Many are expected to boycott, in an effort not to legitimise a process they see as enabling a return to dictatorial rule in the country.

New constitution to concentrate power in president’s hands

Tunisian political analyst Tarek Kahlaoui has said that Saied’s introduction of a new constitution was always part of his political project to create a presidential system.

“The political system will move to a mainly presidential one where the president is the executive power,” said Kahlaoui.

“Even the prime minister will be chosen by the president regardless of legislative elections. This is a high concentration of power within the president’s hands,” he added.