Socialist Destourian Party
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|French name||Parti socialiste destourien|
|Former presidents||Habib Bourguiba (1964–1987)|
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987–1988)
|Founded||22 October 1964|
|Dissolved||27 February 1988|
|Preceded by||Neo Destour|
|Succeeded by||Constitutional Democratic Rally|
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
The Socialist Destourian Party (Arabic: الحزب الاشتراكي الدستوري al-Ḥizb al-Ishtirākī ad-Dustūrī ; French: Parti socialiste destourien) was the ruling political party of Tunisia from 1964 to 1988. Bahi Ladgham was the first Prime Minister from the party and Hédi Baccouche was the last. It was founded on 22 October 1964 and disbanded on 27 February 1988. Habib Bourgiba was the first president of the Socialist Destourian Party 1964–1987. He was succeeded by Zine El Abidine Ben Ali 1987–1988.
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Independence of Tunisia from France was negotiated largely by the Neo Destour's Bourguiba. The effective date was March 20, 1956. The next year the Republic of Tunisia was constituted, which replaced the Beylical form of government. Tunisia became a one-party state, with Neo Destour as the ruling party under Prime Minister and later President Habib Bourguiba. Later the Neo Destour party was renamed the Socialist Destourian Party in 1964, to signal the government's commitment to a socialist phase of political-economic development. This phase failed to fulfill expectations, however, and was discontinued in 1969 with the dismissal of Ahmad ben Salah as economics minister by President Bourguiba.
|Election date||Party candidate||Number of votes||Percentage of votes||Result|
|1964||Habib Bourguiba||Not released||100%||Elected|
|1969||Habib Bourguiba||Not released||100%||Elected|
|1974||Habib Bourguiba||Not released||100%||Elected|
Chamber of Deputies elections
|Election date||Party leader||Number of votes||Percentage of votes||Number of seats|
101 / 101
101 / 101
112 / 112
121 / 121
136 / 136
|1986||Habib Bourguiba||Not released||Not released|
125 / 125
- Brace, Morocco Algeria Tunisia (Prentice Hall 1964) pp. 114-116, 121-123, 140-143.
- Perkins, A History of Modern Tunisia (Cambridge University 2004) at 146-147.
- Jean R. Tartter, "Government and Politics" at 234-238, in Tunisia. A Country Study (Washington, D. C. 1987).
- Abadi, Tunisia since the Arab Conquest (Ithaca 2013) pp. 139-141.
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