President Saied’s rule changes have been met with anger from the opposition and apathy from much of the public.

Polls have opened in Tunisia for parliamentary elections marked by a general sense of apathy among much of the population.

Some 9.3 million registered voters are eligible to cast their ballot in Saturday’s elections, but the field of parliamentary candidates is much smaller than usual,

with some constituencies only having one candidate who will automatically be declared the winner. More than 1,000 candidates will be running in this year’s elections, compared with 15,500 in 2019.

Tunisia’s electoral system has significantly changed after a new constitution was introduced by President Kais Saied,

and it is much criticised by the country’s opposition, the majority of whom are boycotting the elections.

The new constitution was voted on in a referendum on July 25 this year. It was passed, but only 30 percent of registered voters took part.