Nidaa Tounes

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Nidaa Tounes

حركة نداء تونس
ChairpersonHafedh Caïd Essebsi
Secretary GeneralAli Hafsi
FounderBeji Caid Essebsi
Founded16 June 2012; 8 years ago (2012-06-16)
Headquarters3, rue du Lac de Garde
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis
Youth wingNidaa Tounes Youth Movement
Membership (2014)110,000[1]
Social democracy
Third Way
Big tent
Political positionCentre to centre-left
Colours  Red
Slogan"Call of Tunisia, A call for all Tunisians"
Assembly of the Representatives of the People
3 / 217
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Nidaa Tounes[5] (Arabic: حركة نداء تونسḤarakat Nidā’ Tūnis, French: Appel de la Tunisie; usually translated as "Call of Tunisia", "Call for Tunisia",[6] or "Tunisia's Call"[7]) is a big tent secularist political party in Tunisia. After being founded in 2012, the party won a plurality of seats in the October 2014 parliamentary election.[8] The party's founding leader Beji Caid Essebsi was elected President of Tunisia in the 2014 presidential election.



The party's foundation was announced when former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi on 20 April 2012 launched his Call for Tunisia as a response to post-revolutionary "instances of disturbing extremism and violence that threaten public and individual liberties, as well as the security of the citizens".[9] It was officially founded on 16 June 2012 and describes itself as a "modernist"[10] and "social-democratic" party of the moderate left.[11] However, it also includes notable economically liberal currents.[12][13][14]

The party has patched together former members of ousted president Ben Ali's Constitutional Democratic Rally, secular leftists, progressive liberals and Destourians (followers of Tunisia's "founder" Habib Bourguiba). In addition, the party has the support of many members of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and the national employers' union, UTICA. They believe that Tunisia's secular forces have to unite to counter the dominance of the Islamist Ennahda Movement.[10][4]

From its foundation until July 2013, 11 members of the Constituent Assembly joined the party by defecting from various other parties.[15]

Union for Tunisia[edit]

On 11 February 2013, the Republican Party joined Nidaa Tounes and four other parties in a political alliance called Union for Tunisia (UPT).[16] Moreover, it participated in the formation of the broad oppositional National Salvation Front in July 2013.[17] However, ahead of the October 2014 legislative election, Nidaa Tounes decided to run its own lists and not to contest the election as part of the UPT.[18]

2014 to present[edit]

The party has seen tensions between supporters of Essebsi's son, Hafedh Essebsi, and others. Former member Mohsen Marzouk went on to create a party named Machrouu Tounes[19] while prime minister Youssef Chahed formed a new party named Tahya Tounes.[20]

Prominent members[edit]

Election results[edit]

Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats Government
Assembly of the Representatives of the People
2014 1,279,941 37.56%
86 / 217
Coalition (2014-2019)
Opposition (2019)
2019 43,213 1.51%
3 / 217
Confidence and supply


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  18. ^ "Après la défection de Nidaa Tounès : L'Union pour la Tunisie dans l'expectative !". Le Temps. 28 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Tunisia's Nidaa Tounes in shambles amid political turbulence". Al Jazeera. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
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