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Tunisians Boycott Parliamentary Elections Following President Kais Saied’s Power Grab

HeadlineJan 30, 2023

In Tunisia, voters made their preferences known largely through their absence during weekend parliamentary runoff elections. Just 11% of eligible Tunisians cast ballots Sunday, as anger mounts against President Kais Saied, who last year consolidated his power after winning a constitutional referendum boycotted by most opposition parties. Opponents have accused Saied of carrying out a legislative coup. This is Nejib Chebbi, head of Tunisia’s main opposition coalition.

Ahmed Nejib Chebbi: “About 90% of the Tunisian people turned their backs on these elections and once again said that they do not participate in this coup, which does not concern them in anything, and thus expresses disappointment and lack of confidence in the path that was launched with the coup of July 25, 2021.”

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