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Tunisian president decides on referendum for new constitution

Tunisian President Kais Saied issued a decree on Wednesday calling on voters to hold a referendum on a new constitution on July 25, the official gazette said, ignoring calls from the opposition to reverse the controversial move.

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Syed last week named law professor Sadok Belaid to lead an advisory committee, including deans of law and political science, to draft a new constitution for a “new republic”, political parties. except for the reorganization of the political system.

The main political parties have said that they will boycott the unilateral reorganization of politics.

The powerful UGTT union also refused to participate in a limited dialogue proposed by the President as he rewrites the Constitution. The union said it would launch a national strike on state firms and public services.

Bellad said on Wednesday that he would go ahead with anyone attending the panel after leading academics refused to join, fearing that there would not be a broad consensus in the restructuring of the political system.

The only question on the referendum would be: “Do you agree with the new constitution?” Gazette said.

The Gazette said that the voting will start at 6 am and will end at 10 pm on July 25.

Saeed, who took executive power and dissolved parliament to rule by decree, has since said he will replace the democratic 2014 constitution with a new one through a referendum and hold new parliamentary elections in December.

Opponents of the president accuse him of a coup that undermined the democratic gains of the 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring, but say his move was legal and to save Tunisia from a prolonged political crisis. was necessary.

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