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Tunisia President Set to Win More Powers in Vote on Constitution

Kais Saied

Kais Saied

Photographer: Dursun Aydemi/Getty Images

Tunisia’s president looks set for victory in a referendum that would extend his powers, even as turnout of less than 30% laid bare the political divisions in the North African nation mired in economic crisis.

An exit poll by Sigma Conseil put ‘yes’ votes for the constitutional changes at about 92%, with the initial official results due later Tuesday. The outcome was seen as a sure thing after President Kais Saied’s opponents boycotted the ballot, calling it a bid to formalize a power grab he launched in July 2021 by suspending parliament and firing the prime minister.