Will Tunisia’s new constitution end its political crisis? | Inside Story

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Tunisia’s president Kais Saied has released a new draft constitution that will give him what critics call, ‘royal powers’

It will be voted on in a referendum on July 25.

If passed, the President will be given ultimate authority over the government and judiciary.

And parliament’s powers will be significantly weakened.

Tunisia’s not alone in this regard – other nations have also used their constitutions to allow their leaders to remain in office and strengthen their powers.

So, what’s behind this move?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Zaid Al-Ali – Constitutional Law Specialist and Author of ‘Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution’.

Alex Vines – Director of the Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Amine Snoussi – Political Analyst specialising in Tunisian and North African affairs.

Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel

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Constitutional law is a body of law which defines the role, powers, and structure of different entities within a state, namely, the executive, the parliament or legislature, and the judiciary; as well as the basic rights of citizens and, in federal countries such as the United States and Canada, the relationship between the central government and state, provincial, or territorial governments. Source: Wikipedia

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