Tunisia: Tensions Build Toward 25 July Referendum

by | Jul 22, 2022 | Political, Tunisia


Numerous global media outlets continue to question Tunisia’s democratic future as the 25 July 2022 referendum on President Kais Saied’s draft constitution approaches. Many western analysts continue to warn about the potential consolidation of power under Saied’s presidency. Rumors of additional legal action against Saied’s political adversaries continue to bring into question the legitimacy of the transition he claims to lead.


While opposition to Kais Saied’s constitutional referendum continues to grow, the concerns of most Tunisians appear less tied to the country’s fragile democratic future and more to the economic and systemic challenges faced in the street as food prices and unemployment rise, even as the usually highly unreliable government services sector is disrupted by strikes.