Tunisian president against foreign referendum observers

Vote on new constitution to be held on July 25

13 May, 12:37

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MAY 13 - Tunisian president Kais Saied has said that he is against the presence of foreign observers during a referendum on the constitution planned for July 25.

    "Some foreign parties would like to send observers to monitor the holding of the referendum, but Tunisia is not a colonised country. Those same parties supervised falsified elections during the times of Ben Ali and congratulated him" on his victories, Saied said during the swearing-in ceremony of new members of the independent electoral commission.

    The Tunisian president said that the choice of new members of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) had been "on the basis of competence and loyalty".

    The seven new members were sworn in before Saied, who called this event "historic" because it was the "birth of a new independent electoral body, far from narrow political interests".

    The president urged the new members, who he called "guarantors of the correct holding of the July 25, 2022 referendum and guardians of the will of the people", to work "in full neutrality so that the next elections reflect the will of the sovereign population". (ANSAmed).

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