Tunisian President Kais Saied expressed happiness over his expected victory in the controversial referendum on the new constitution, which opponents called a way to return the country to one-man rule.
Local media said Mr Saied appeared in front of jubilant supporters in the early hours of the morning – after an exit poll indicated that more than 90% of those who had voted had supported the president’s plan.
The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) announced that at least 2.46 million voters, or 27.54% of the 9.3 million registered voters, had participated in the consultation. It specifies that it these were provisional figures.
The “yes” would have collected between 92% and 93%, according to a poll out of the ballot box carried out by the Sigma Conseil institute.
President Saied promised that Tunisia would now enter a new phase after a decade of political deadlock that followed the Arab Spring of 2011.