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Saied supporters welcome vote on Tunisia constitution

An elderly Tunisian man arrives with his wife to vote in Tunis in a referendum on a draft constitution
— Tunis (AFP)

Its detractors say Tunisia's draft constitution will give President Kais Saied unchecked powers, but for voter Baya, that's a welcome break from the country's old political elite.

"They were in power for 10 years and did nothing. Let this man do his job!" the 54-year-old said after voting in a referendum on the charter on Monday.

"We believe in him and we'll support him until the end."

Monday marks a year since Saied sacked the government and froze parliament in a dramatic move against a system praised as the only democracy to emerge from the 2011 Arab uprisings -- but also hobbled by chronic crises and corruption.

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