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Polls Open in Tunisian Election With Turnout Under Scrutiny
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Polls Open in Tunisian Election With Turnout Under Scrutiny

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia opened polls on Sunday for run-offs in a parliamentary election that drew only 11% turnout in the first round last month, a result that critics of the president said undermined his claims of public support for sweeping political change.With political parties boycotting the vote, most candidates are independents and attention is likely to focus on whether there will be higher participation than there was in December."I'm not interested in elections that do not concern me," said Nejib Sahli, 40, passing an empty polling station in the Hay Ettahrir district of Tunis shortly before voting was due to begin.Polls are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (0700 GMT-1700 GMT).Political Cartoons on World Leaders President Kais Saied has decreed the new, mostly powerless, parlia...
Tunisia’s UGTT Union Says Elections Expected This Month ‘Have No Colour or Taste’
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Tunisia’s UGTT Union Says Elections Expected This Month ‘Have No Colour or Taste’

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's parliamentary elections later this month "have no colour and taste" and are a result of a constitution that does not enjoy national unanimity, said the leader of the powerful UGTT Union on Saturday, in his clearest comments rejecting the vote to date.The elections, which are scheduled to take place on Dec. 17, will hand parliament far less power than that enjoyed by the previous one, which was closed by President Kais Saied last year, in a move his opponents described as a coup.The major political parties are boycotting the elections, describing it as a step to consolidate Saied's control over all legislative powers.(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)Political Cartoons on World Leaders Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters. Source link