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Tunisia: Voters cast ballots in first election under new constitution02:18

Tunisia: Voters cast ballots in first election under new constitution

Tunisia, Tunis
December 17, 2022 at 15:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tunis residents cast their ballots on Saturday for the first parliamentary election after the new constitution was introduced in July, granting more power to the president and weakening the elected parliament's role.

Over a thousand candidates are reportedly vying for 161 seats in the Tunisian House of Representatives.

"I did my electoral duty and this is for the new Tunisia", said a local who cast his vote in the Marseille-Tunisia polling station, one of the biggest in the city.

Another voter said: "As a Tunisian citizen, I did my electoral duty in all Tunisian spirit. Citizens who did not vote yet, I tell them, let's go to the polling stations and do your electoral duty, your voice is important for the Tunisian country, enough of the former deputies, and you must vote, citizen!".

The legislative elections took place on the anniversary of the outbreak of the revolution in Tunisia.

The European Parliament announced in a statement on Friday that it: "Will not send observers to Tunisia to monitor the parliamentary elections that will take place tomorrow, Saturday" effectively boycotting the elections.

Tunisia: Voters cast ballots in first election under new constitution02:18
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Tunis residents cast their ballots on Saturday for the first parliamentary election after the new constitution was introduced in July, granting more power to the president and weakening the elected parliament's role.

Over a thousand candidates are reportedly vying for 161 seats in the Tunisian House of Representatives.

"I did my electoral duty and this is for the new Tunisia", said a local who cast his vote in the Marseille-Tunisia polling station, one of the biggest in the city.

Another voter said: "As a Tunisian citizen, I did my electoral duty in all Tunisian spirit. Citizens who did not vote yet, I tell them, let's go to the polling stations and do your electoral duty, your voice is important for the Tunisian country, enough of the former deputies, and you must vote, citizen!".

The legislative elections took place on the anniversary of the outbreak of the revolution in Tunisia.

The European Parliament announced in a statement on Friday that it: "Will not send observers to Tunisia to monitor the parliamentary elections that will take place tomorrow, Saturday" effectively boycotting the elections.