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Tunisia's elections at 11% turnout, further shakes Kais Saeid's credibility

Tunisian voters headed back to the polls to elect a new parliament after an unsuccessful first roundup, confirming predominant indifference to politics and concerns over their economic and social situation amid a soaring cost-of-living crisis.
A man walks past an electoral billboard for the Tunisian national election scheduled for January 29, in Tunisia's capital Tunis, on January 25, 2023. (Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)

TUNIS — Tunisia held the second round of legislative elections on Sunday, registering only 11% turnout, with opposition framing it as a rejection of President Kais Saied and his power grab last year. 

“Almost 90% of Tunisian voters ignored this piece of theater and refused to be involved in the process...I call on political groups and civil society to join hands to work for change, in the form of Kais Saied’s departure and early presidential elections," Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, head of the country’s main opposition the National Salvation Front, said on Monday. 

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