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Tunisian Constitutional Commission Chairman Blows President's Draft

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TUNIS — Tunisia The chairman of the Constitutional Commission has blown up the draft constitution announced by President Kais Saied, and local media reported on Sunday, raising concerns of opposition that Saied is trying to impose a one-sided constitution.

Former Constitutional professor Sadok Bereid was nominated by Sayed to draft a "new constitution for the New Republic," Sayed's version is dangerous and proposed by the Constitutional Commission. The newspaper said it didn't look like the first draft, Asabe.

Mr. Bereid said the draft constitution released by the president contains chapters that could pave the way for a "disgraceful dictatorship." ..

The President has not commented on the Constitution since he published the text in the official Tunisia bulletin on Thursday. The constitution, which gives Sayed almost absolute power, will be put to a referendum this month.

His proposal diminished the role of parliament and the judiciary, urging criticism that Tunisians were trying to revoke the democratic interests they had earned in the 2011 revolution.

Sayed said last year that he would seize most of the power, abolish the 2014 democratic constitution, dismiss the elected parliament, and rule by decree while rebuilding the political system. ..

The first chapter of the Constitution contains the phrase "In case of imminent risk, the President may extend his term." "It paves the way for a shameful dictatorship," Bereid said.

Last year, he used the "imminent risk" clause in the current constitution to dismiss the government, control administrative powers, and establish control of one person.

His proposed constitution creates a regional council as a second parliament, but for more information on how it is elected or what authority it has. Not shown.

Mr. Bereid said the president's proposal to limit the members of the Constitutional Court to judges appointed by the president would undermine its independence.

(reported by Tarek Amara; edited by David Gregorio and William Mallard)