The Tunisian government has ratified a draft presidential order related to calling voters to a referendum on a draft new constitution for the republic on July 25.

This came in a meeting of the government headed by Najla Boden.

The presidential order ignores calls from the opposition and political parties to reverse the controversial move.

According to the decree, which was published in the Official Gazette late on Wednesday evening, the new constitution will be prepared and published no later than June 30th.

According to the Official Gazette, the only question in the referendum will be: Do you agree with the new constitution?

The newspaper stated that the polling will start at six in the morning and end at ten in the evening local time on July 25.

An advisory committee headed by jurist Sadiq Belaid will propose a new draft constitution.

Last week, President Kais Saied appointed law professor Sadiq Belaid to head an advisory committee, composed of deans of law and political science, to draft a new constitution for a "new republic" and exclude political parties from restructuring the political system.

Sadiq Belaid said earlier on Wednesday that he would go ahead with writing the new constitution "with those who attended" after prominent academics refused to join it, raising fears that the new constitution would not gain broad consensus.

In response to Kais Saied's steps, the main parties said they would boycott the "unilateral" political changes and pledged to escalate protests against them.

Former officials and directors of the Tunisian League for Human Rights expressed their rejection of the commission's decision to participate in the dialogue approved by President Kais Saied.

In a statement, the association's officials denounced the level reached by the human rights organization after its support for the path announced by President Saeed, and its perpetration of what they described as serious violations of the Universal Charter on Human Rights.

The statement said that the most prominent abuses committed by the Tunisian League for Human Rights is its decision to participate in what they described as a sham dialogue that does not respond to the slightest guarantees of transparency and democracy.

Sami Al-Tahri refused to employ some of the union's position on participating in the dialogue in its current form for the benefit of certain parties (Al-Jazeera)

The Labor Union renews its rejection of dialogue

The Tunisian General Labor Union, which has a strong influence, also refused to participate in the limited and formal dialogue proposed by the president while the constitution is being rewritten.

The Labor Union confirmed that it would organize a national strike in public companies and public jobs to protest the bad economic situation and the freezing of wages.

The spokesman of the Tunisian Labor Union, Sami Tahiri, said yesterday, Wednesday, that the current position of the union is to refuse to participate in the dialogue as approved by President Kais Saied through the advisory body.

Al-Tahri affirmed that the union is ready to interact with any initiative of President Saeed to make concessions in order for the dialogue to be deciding, not consultative, and not to start with prior results and to be extensive and comprehensive with an extension in its time period, as he put it.

Al-Tahri stressed the refusal of some to employ the federation's position from participating in the dialogue in its current form for the benefit of certain parties, as he put it.

Organizations, parties, and Tunisia's partners abroad are calling for the launch of a national dialogue that includes parties, unions and representatives of civil society in order to agree on political and economic reforms.

The referendum on a new constitution is among the provisions of a roadmap that Qais Saeed presented after announcing the exceptional measures and dissolving Parliament and other constitutional bodies.

This map is not acceptable to the opposition, which accuses him of overthrowing the constitution and plotting to consolidate his powers.

The new constitution is likely to transfer Tunisia to a new presidential system of government, while early parliamentary elections will be held on December 17, with a new electoral law.

The British Middle East Eye website published a report in which he talked about Washington, which risks losing the only successful example of post-Arab Spring democracy in the Middle East, unless it increases pressure on Tunisian President Kais Saied, after his seizure of power.

Many experts said it was critical for Washington to take urgent steps to preserve democracy in Tunisia, including either suspending or requiring US military assistance.

The site stated that the partial suspension of aid could in fact affect Saeed, but it would not work, and the complete suspension of aid was necessary.

But the website warned that cutting off this aid would open the door for Russia and the Gulf states to fill the American vacuum, both of which are not in the interest of the United States, or in the interest of protecting Tunisian democracy, as the website put it.

Since last July 25, Tunisia has been experiencing a severe political crisis, when Said began imposing exceptional measures, including dismissing the government, dissolving Parliament and the Judicial Council, issuing legislation by presidential decrees, and early parliamentary elections to December 17.

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