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TUNISIAN PRESIDENT SEIZES CONTROL OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION.

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Tunisian President Kais Saied addresses the nation in this screengrab taken from Tunisian President's office footage, Tunisia July 25, 2021. TUNISIAN PRESIDENT'S OFFICE/via REUTERS

Tunisia’s President, Kais Saied, has seized control of the country’s election commission , saying he would replace most of its members.

The Commission Head, Nabil Baffoun, informed that Saied’s decree was a blow to the democratic gains of the country’s 2011 revolution and meant the body was no longer independent.

President Kais Saied had already dismissed parliament and taken control of the judiciary after assuming executive authority last summer and saying he could rule by decree in moves his opponents denounce as a coup.

Saied, who says his actions were both legal and needed to save Tunisia from a crisis, is rewriting the democratic constitution introduced after the 2011 revolution and says he will put it to a referendum in July.

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