• Short Summary

    Tunisia faces a constitutional crisis as members of the governing Neo-Destour party plan to depose the present Bey, Sidi Lamine Bey, and establish a new Republic
    Leader of the governing party and prime force behind the new regime, Prime Minister Bourgiba has been at pains to proceed constitutionally as possible and the responsibility for the change of regime will be left to the Constituent Assembly.

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    Tunisia faces a constitutional crisis as members of the governing Neo-Destour party plan to depose the present Bey, Sidi Lamine Bey, and establish a new Republic
    Leader of the governing party and prime force behind the new regime, Prime Minister Bourgiba has been at pains to proceed constitutionally as possible and the responsibility for the change of regime will be left to the Constituent Assembly.

    But, as nearly all the deputies are Neo-Destourians, the issue would hardly be in doubt.

    Two of the most important meetings concerning the future of the country took place recently when Premier Bourgiba convened a meeting of the political committee of the party, and then summoned the Tunisian ambassadors for a special conference.

    The future of the Bey is believed to have been the main subject of the discussion when the Premier met his ambassadors and asked their opinion on world re-action to the new move.

    Other Arab Monarchs, such as King Saud and King Idris of Libya, are thought to be uneasy about the effect that a change in regime in Tunis would have on their own position, and the State Department is said to have expressed its anxiety about possible repercussions in Saudi Arabia.

    An article in the Neo-Destour weekly paper recently stated firmly that "within a few days Tunisia will no longer be a monarchy".

    Attacking the monarchy as "a dead tree which the Tunisian people and its leaders will uproot", the newspaper says that the Tunisian assembly will be taking the necessary action this week to open the way for a "new era".

    The present ruler, who is virtually under house arrest, was born in 1882. He became Bey in May, 1943, but, since French protection ended and Tunisia acquired independence, the Bey has ceased to play any but the most formal role in the country's affairs. The family has been reigning since 1705.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA34M9G2U7A8ZDDS1JGEGQK5C41
    Media URN:
    VLVA34M9G2U7A8ZDDS1JGEGQK5C41
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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    N/A

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