Tunisia president has announced that elections will be held in a year

Tunisian President Kais Saied has declared that parliament will be suspended until new elections are held in a year.

Mr Saied also announced plans for a constitutional referendum next year in a national television address.

Tunisian President Kais Saied has continued to consolidate his power since he froze parliament and dismissed the then-prime minister in July, claiming that his actions were necessary to shake a corrupt political status quo and revitalize the country’s failing economy.

Mr Saied stated in a speech last month that the only way to purify the country is to purify state institutions.

This remains a compelling message for his supporters, but his opponents continue to believe that what he has done and is doing amounts to a political coup.

Mr. Saied’s plan for a public consultation process on constitutional reform to begin next month will either please or alarm each side in equal measure.

In case his message was just not clear enough, the president has planned a constitutional referendum for July 25th, precisely a year after his dramatic seizure of full executive power.

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