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Tunisia's president wants more power in the new constitution

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Bouazza Ben Bouazza

Tunisia, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's President Kais Saied gave the President broad authority on Friday, the Prime Minister and parliamentary authority. The

constitutional referendum is scheduled for July 25, exactly the same day Sayed stopped parliament and seized his power just a year ago. He said the move was necessary to "save the country" from political and economic crises, encouraged strong criticism from opponents, and denounced a slip towards totalitarianism.

Several organizations, including the powerful central trade union UGTT, have stated that there is no public dialogue in preparation for a new constitution called the "Kais Saied Constitution." I'm mourning.

The draft, released late Thursday night, will give the president better executive branch than the prime minister and will establish a bicameral parliamentary system for the first time.

This will be a major change from the current Constitution, which was considered groundbreaking when passed in 2014 after consultation with multiple groups.

The 2014 Constitution sought to limit the power of the President after the Arab Spring protests put an end to the 23 years of invincible rule by former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. He was overthrown by a popular rebellion in Tunisia in 2011, causing similar moves against dictatorial leaders in several countries in the region.