Tunisian President Kais Saied has announced a new draft constitution that will give him what some critics have described as “royal power”. It will be voted on in a referendum on July 25.
If passed, the president would be given supremacy over the government and judiciary, and the power of parliament would be significantly weakened.
Tunisia is not alone in this – other countries have also used their constitutions to allow their leaders to stay in office and consolidate their power.
So, what’s behind this move?
Presenters: Hashem Ahelbarra
Zaid Al-Ali – Constitutional law expert and author of Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution
Alex Vines – Africa Program Manager at Chatham House
Amine Snoussi – Political analyst specializing in Tunisian and North African affairs