Public split in response to referendum

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While Tunisians will have to wait until August 28 for the final official results of yesterday’s referendum, they are already sharply split over its meaning for the country’s future.

A Sigma Conseil exit poll issued in the wee hours by state TV shows that the 25%.of registered voters who participated backed the measure to invest nearly all powers in the presidency of President Kais Saied by 92.3%.

Saied put the new framework for his governance forward as part of the procedures he has been implementing for a year to change the country’s political scene.

Supporters of the 64-year-old retired law professor say the constitution is an essential step to overcoming the country’s current political and economic crisis. But Raja Jabri, head of the Mourakiboun Network Association, a leading election observation group, told A24 that a dangerous concentration of power in the presidency hinders real change needed by the Tunisian people.

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