Tunisia’s president Kais Saied has launched a brand new draft structure that can give him what some critics have described as “royal powers”. It’s set to be voted on in a referendum on July 25.
If handed, the president will likely be given final authority over the federal government and judiciary, and parliament’s powers will likely be considerably weakened.
Tunisia isn’t alone on this regard – different nations have additionally used their constitutions to permit their leaders to stay in workplace and strengthen their powers.
So, what’s behind this transfer?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Zaid Al-Ali – Constitutional legislation specialist and writer of, Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution
Alex Vines – Director of the Africa programme at Chatham Home
Amine Snoussi – Political analyst specialising in Tunisian and North African affairs