Unionist Democratic Union
|Unionist Democratic Union|
|French name||Union démocratique unioniste|
|Founded||November 26, 1988|
|Headquarters||80 avenue Hédi Chaker
The Unionist Democratic Union (French: Union démocratique unioniste) is a political party in Tunisia with pan-Arabist ideology. It was founded in 1988 and, unlike other oppositional parties in Tunisia, which was then ruled by the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), immediately recognised by the government. Its founder and first secretary-general Abderrahmane Tlili had been a member of the RCD before he founded the UDU in order to gather Arab nationalists, including Baathists and Nasserists, in a party that was close to the government.
In 1994, the electoral law was changed, ensuring the parliamentary representation of minor parties. The MDS received 3 of 163 seats (19 being reserved for the opposition). In the 1999 election, the party won seven seats, which it won again in the 2004 election. In 2009, this increased to nine seats.
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- Waltz, Susan E. (1995), Human Rights and Reform: Changing the Face of North African Politics, University of California Press, p. 59
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