Presidency issues order to the nation, calling for a vote on a new constitution prepared by President Saied-appointed committee.
Tunisian President Kais Saied has issued a decree to call voters to a referendum on a new constitution on July 25, the official gazette said, ignoring the opposition's calls to reverse the controversial move.
The only question on the referendum will be: "Do you agree the new constitution?" the gazette said on Wednesday. It added that polling will start at 6 am and end at 10 pm [local time] on July 25.
Saied last week named law professor Sadok Belaid to head an advisory committee that included law and political science deans, to draft a new constitution for a "new republic," excluding political parties from restructuring the political system.
The main political parties have said they will boycott the unilateral restructuring of politics.
The powerful UGTT union also refused to take part in a limited dialog proposed by the president as he rewrites the constitution. The union said it would hold a national strike at state firms and public services.
Belaid said earlier on Wednesday he would go ahead with whoever participates in the panel after prominent academics refused to join it, raising fears the restructuring of the political system would not have a broad consensus.
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Leader accused of coup
Saied, who took executive power and dissolved parliament to rule by decree, has since said he will replace the democratic 2014 constitution with a new constitution via referendum and hold new parliamentary elections in December.
The president's opponents accuse him of a coup that has undermined the democratic gains of the 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab spring, but he says his moves were legal and needed to save Tunisia from a prolonged political crisis.
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