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    THE 59-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT OF TUNISIA, HABIB BOURGUIBA, WEPT WITH HAPPINESS WHEN HE MARRIED 49-YEAR-OLD MRS.?

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    THE 59-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT OF TUNISIA, HABIB BOURGUIBA, WEPT WITH HAPPINESS WHEN HE MARRIED 49-YEAR-OLD MRS. OUASSILA BEN AMMAR, IN A 27-MINUTE CEREMONY AT THE DAR-ES-SAADA (HOUSE OF HAPPINESS ) PALACE, LA MARSA, NEAR TUNIS, ON APR 12. IT WAS THE SECOND MARRIAGE FOR BOTH BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM.

    PRESIDENT BOUGUIBA'S WHISPERED "NAAM" (YES) COULD JUST BE HEAR WHEN THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, TAIEB MEHIRI, ASKED: "DO YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN FOR YOUR WIFE". THE BRIDE, A LOYAL COMPANION TO PRESIDENT BOUGUIBA DURING HIS STORMY FIGHT FOR TUNISIA'S INDEPENDENCE, WORE A FULL-LENGTH DRESS OF SILVERY BROCADE COVERED BY A VIOLET SHAWL FOR THE CEREMONY. THE MUFTI OF TUNISIA, FADHEL BENACHOUR, GAVE THE BLESSING OF ISLAM TO THE CEREMONY WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT ACCORDING TO THE REPUBLIC'S NEWLY ADOPTED CIVIL CODE. AMONG THE 66 INVITED GUESTS IN THE PALACE WAS MR MONGI SLIM, TUNISIA'S PERMANENT UNITED NATIONS DELEGATE.

    AFTER THE CEREMONY, PRESIDENT BOUGUIBA SAID: "I AM HAPPY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF TUNISIA ARE HAPPY. I WAITED FOR THIS DAY FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. BUT THIS HAPPINESS WILL NOT MAKE ME DIMINISH MY EFFORTS FOR THE COUNTRY. I SHALL CONTINUE MY STRUGGLE AS IN THE PAST".

    PRESIDENT BOUGUIBA AND HIS FIRST WIFE, THE FRENCH-BORN MOUFIDA LAURIN, WERE DIVORCED LAST YEAR. THEY HAD MARRIED IN 1926 WHILE HE WAS STUDYING IN PARIS. HIS NEW WIFE, A MEMBER OF ONE OF TUNISIA'S MOST PROMINENT FAMILIES, HAD HER MARRIAGE DISSOLVED FIVE YEARS AGO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LI0B0PX9HIJQGOSVSDG9S9K0
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LI0B0PX9HIJQGOSVSDG9S9K0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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