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Feminists, opposition denounce Tunisia's new electoral system as unfair to women, youth

A Tunisian woman looks at posters of candidates for the legislative elections, Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 4, 2019.

Feminists, politicians and activists decry the Tunisian president’s new electoral law and system, saying it is anti-democratic and undermines the advances made in recent years for women and youth.

Among the growing wave of demonstrations against President Kais Saied’s recent draft electoral law is a coalition of 12 women’s and civil society groups, which last week denounced the electoral law that allows only individual candidates to be elected. They say the new system marginalizes women in political life, rolling back the gains women have made not just since the 2011 revolution, but since the establishment of the republic in 1956.

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