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Coup fears grow as Tunisian president shores up power

President Kais Saied is facing a growing wave of opposition from civil society and political actors as he takes new powers and attempts to transform the political system.
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TUNIS - Tunisian President Kais Saied's move to amass further power has heightened fears that a coup is underway in the young democracy and sparked strong opposition from party leaders and civil society.

On Sept. 22, Saied issued a presidential order that grants him sweeping executive and legislative powers, two months after he suspended parliament and ousted the government under emergency provisions.

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