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Tunisians Approve Sweeping Presidential Powers in Divisive Vote

President Kais Saied celebrates with supporters in the capital Tunis on July 26.

President Kais Saied celebrates with supporters in the capital Tunis on July 26.

Photographer: Anis Mili/AFP/Getty Images

Tunisian voters approved constitutional changes granting President Kais Saied sweeping authority, even as a lukewarm turnout showed deep divisions over a move opponents describe as a death knell for the country’s hard-won democracy.

The amendments passed with the support of 94.6% of participants in Monday’s plebiscite, according to the Tunisian election commission. Turnout was 30.5%.