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Published: 0302 GMT July 05, 2022

Tunisia president defends proposed Constitution amid criticism

Tunisia president defends proposed Constitution amid criticism

Tunisia's president said on Tuesday his proposed Constitution would not restore authoritarian rule, hitting back at criticism from across the political spectrum and urging people to support it in this month's referendum.

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".



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