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Tunisia Votes on President’s Power as Democracy Seen Dying

  • Low turnout could embolden opponents and weaken bailout effort
  • Kais Saied has accumulated powers since dismissing parliament
Kais Saied

Kais Saied

Photographer: Dursun Aydemi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Tunisians vote on a new constitution Monday that would enshrine in law President Kais Saied’s accumulation of sweeping powers, as rivals accuse him of extinguishing a rare democracy in the Arab world. 

Around 9 million people are eligible to take part, with polling stations closing at 10 p.m. Preliminary results may be announced as early as Tuesday. With some opponents calling for a boycott and only Saied loyalists enthused by the referendum, the proposals are likely to pass.