Tehran (IP)- On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered in central Tunis to demonstrate against a referendum to be held on Monday on a new constitution they reject as illegal.

Iran PressAfrica: The referendum is the latest move in what his foes call a march to one-person rule since he moved against the elected parliament a year ago, replacing the government and moving to rule by decree in what critics call a coup. 

Tunisian President Kais Saied published the draft constitution, giving himself far more powers, reducing the role of the parliament and judiciary, and removing most checks on his power, less than a month ago. 

Saturday's protest was organized by the coalition, which includes the activist group Citizens Against the Coup and Ennahda, an Islamist party that was the biggest in the dissolved parliament.

Saied's moves against the parliament last July came after years of political paralysis and economic stagnation and appeared to have widespread support.

However, there has been little public enthusiasm for his referendum, with only limited numbers of people attending rallies to support it.

When asked about the political turmoil, many Tunisians point instead to a looming economic crisis as the country's most urgent issue. 


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