Tunisians begin voting on contested constitution

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Tunisians began voting on Monday in a referendum on a controversial draft constitution that grants the president wide powers amid a months-long political crisis in the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolts more than a decade ago. Polling stations opened at 6 am (0500GMT) and will close at 10 pm. The opposition has called for a boycott and accused President Kais Saied of seeking to establish an autocracy in Tunisia, once considered the sole democratic success story of the Arab Spring. The vote comes exactly a year after Saied unseated the government and suspended parliament, part of a string of…

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