After a year of progressively eroding Tunisia’s hard-won democracy, President Kais Saied is re-writing the country’s democracy to make the final grab over power. This article is published by Swiss Info.ch. Here is an excerpt:
President Kais Saied has gathered nearly all state power in his hands after dismantling much of Tunisia’s young democracy over 11 turbulent months. But as he prepares for a referendum to approve his changes, challenges loom ever larger.
A former law professor with a stiff public manner, Saied is rewriting the constitution to enshrine a presidential system. But, meanwhile, Tunisia’s economy is collapsing and opposition to his rule is growing.
The powerful UGTT labour union staged a strike on Thursday over plans for economic reform. Protests against him have drawn thousands to the streets, and all the main political parties have rejected his referendum.
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