Tunisia President Saied Celebrates Expected, Referendum Win

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Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has been celebrating his apparent victory in a referendum on a new constitution that gives him almost unlimited powers.

Saied appeared in front of jubilant supporters after an exit poll indicated more than 90 percent of those who had voted had supported the president’s plan. But turnout was only 27.5 percent, with main opposition parties boycotting the poll.

According to Saied, the turnout – announced by the country’s electoral commission would have been higher if voting had taken place over two days. He promised that Tunisia would now enter a new phase after a decade of political deadlock. But his opponents will cite the low turnout as denying legitimacy to what they see as a worrying move back towards autocracy.