Tunisian president’s backers say ‘yes’ to proposed constitution

by | Jul 21, 2022 | World

Tunis, Tunisia – With many opponents of Tunisia’s proposed new constitution unlikely to vote in Monday’s referendum on whether to approve the document, the path is open for supporters of the country’s President Kais Saied, to vote “yes”, and make one of the biggest changes to the country since its revolution in 2011.While Saied was criticised by the international community and his internal opponents, many Tunisians, blaming the country’s economic decline on the political elite, rejoiced when he sacked the government and froze parliament on July 25, 2021.
“For young people, it was the most important thing to happen since the revolution,” said Mohammed Cherif, as he explained why he intends to vote yes in the upcoming referendum.
The 35-year-old Cherif is old enough to remember the pre-revolution regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and hails from Sidi Bouzid, where the revolution began back in December 2010.
He is one of many Tunisian unemployed graduates.
“I studied finance at university and used to work for an insurance company until the pandemic and then I lost my job,” Cherif told Al Jazeera.
With no income, he was forced to give up the life he had built for himself in the capital, Tunis, to return to Sidi Bouzid, in the country …

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