0858 GMT August 13, 2022
Kais Saied, who ousted the elected parliament last summer to rule by decree in a step his foes call a coup, has published a draft of a new Constitution that would greatly expand his powers while weakening checks on his actions, Reuters reported.
The president's supporters say he is standing up to elite forces whose bungling and corruption have condemned Tunisia to a decade of political paralysis and economic stagnation.
In a letter published online he said there was no danger to Tunisians' rights and freedoms.
"Everyone knows what Tunisia has suffered for decades, especially the last decade. They emptied state coffers. The poor got poorer, the corrupt got richer," Said said, accusing critics of his constitution of "slanders, far from reality".