Tunisia publishes draft constitution that gives president wide-ranging powers

By Al Jazeera, 1 July
Tunisian President Kais Saied (photo credit: tunisienumerique.com)
Tunisian President Kais Saied (photo credit: tunisienumerique.com)
Tunisia has published a draft constitution that would further expand the president’s powers and limit the role of the parliament, raising fears of the prospect of one-man rule in the country. The draft [...] will be voted on in a July 25 referendum, one year after President Kais Saied staged what critics have called a coup. With no minimum level of participation required, analysts say the measure is likely to pass, but with only limited public involvement. [...] If the constitution passes, it will allow Saied to continue to rule by decree until the creation of a new parliament after an election set for December. The text gives him ultimate authority over the government and judiciary. The government would answer to the president and not to parliament. The chamber, however, could withdraw confidence from the government with a two-thirds majority, the gazette said. The move towards a more presidential system would reverse the post-2011 revolution parliamentary model that the country has adopted. [...] The president would be able to serve two terms of five years each, but extend them if they felt there was an imminent danger to the state, and would have the right to dissolve parliament, while no clause allows for the removal of a president.
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