“yes” should win by a large majority

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The “yes” to the new Tunisian Constitution won a large majority, from “92 to 93%”, according to the Sigma Conseil institute, based on an exit poll. The turnout was 27.5%, according to provisional official figures. The opposition called for a boycott. The Isie electoral body announced a provisional participation rate of 27.5%. The first official results should be known on Tuesday.

With our special correspondent in Tunis, Magali Lagrange

Horns, Tunisian flags, groups of a few dozen people… Avenue Bourguiba, in Tunis, became quite lively at the end of the polls, Monday night at 10 pm local time. They don’t have to wait for the official result to claim victory. The Tunisian electoral body (Isie) announced a turnout of 27.5%, or nearly 2.5 million voters, a figure considered very respectable by the president of Isie, but still tentative. ” Voters are at a historic meeting “, estimated Farouk Bouasker.

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Counting is in progress, then it is necessary to compile the numbers. An institute, Sigma Conseil, estimated based on an exit poll, that the victory of the “yes” vote exceeded 90% for this constitutional reform project that clearly strengthened of the powers of President Kaïs Saïed, one year to the day after the suspension of Parliament and the dismissal of the head of government Hichem Mechichi. The participation rate is around 28%. In a country going through an economic crisis and with an unemployment rate of almost 40% among young people, the concerns of Tunisians may be elsewhere than politics.

Like them, some voters who met at the polling stations in the capital, during the day, were convinced. Ms. Bari, retired, returned from Djerba to vote.

In the ten years we spent, it was hell for us… And then, we thought about our children. If there is something to save, we have something to save. This other voter hesitated to enter his ballot into the ballot box: I assure you, a quarter of an hour before, I was not sure of coming. I came here because I was afraid of what happened in the past years. I am not convinced by everything that is happening, on the side of the opposition as well as on the side of the president. »

His wife and one of his three sons prefer to stay away, as does the taxi driver who, in his yellow car, shows a finger with no sign of ink. ” If we took everything back every ten years, what would happen? he was surprised.

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“That we may not remain in misery”

In Ettadhamen, a popular suburb of Tunis where our reporter went Oumeima Nechi, Gamra Hassen voted very early in favor of the new Constitution. This septuagenarian dreams of a better tomorrow for Tunisia: “ I hope they will fix the country. They will restore order, so that we do not remain in misery like that. He hopes that President Kaïs Saïed will have more power to fight against unemployment and inequality: ” Life became more difficult. In the last ten years, we were tired, really tired. »

Khelifa went to him to vote on the new Constitution that he had not read, but this retiree wanted to support a head of state that he considered clean: ” This is very important, this referendum is a good thing. I hope Tunisia comes out better. »

On the other hand, many young people chose to boycott a referendum process that they considered arbitrary. This is the case of Sarah, 27, where it is just a plebiscite ballot without a guarantee of freedom: “ Who will guarantee that my “no” ballot will not become a “yes”? “He opposed this Constitution which he considered concerned for freedoms and which would put the country in a hyper-presidential regime:” I would rather have a boycott. However, the number of voters is not representative and has not been. And we will see later and we will resist. »

The Constitution must be enforced if a yes majority wins, regardless of turnout.

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