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    TUNISIANS TODAY (SUNDAY) VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO RE-ELECT PRESIDENT HABIB BOURGUIBA AND CONFIRM CANDIDATES OF THE SOCIALIST DESTOUR PARTY AS MEMBERS OF THE NEXT FIVE-YEAR PARLIAMENT.

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    TUNISIANS TODAY (SUNDAY) VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO RE-ELECT PRESIDENT HABIB BOURGUIBA AND CONFIRM CANDIDATES OF THE SOCIALIST DESTOUR PARTY AS MEMBERS OF THE NEXT FIVE-YEAR PARLIAMENT.

    PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA AND HIS WIFE WERE AMONG THE EARLIEST VOTERS AT ONE OF THE POLLING STATIONS IN TUNIS. WHEN POLLING STATIONS CLOSED IN THE AFTERNOON, SOME REPORTED A 100 PER CENT VOTE. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE NATION-WIDE POLL WOULD EXCEED 85 PER CENT. THERE WAS NO FORMAL OBLIGATION TO VOTE, AND THE ELECTORS, MEN AND WOMEN ABOVE THE AGE OF 21, TURNED OUT VOLUNTARILY. BUT TUNISIAN OFFICIALS AND NEWSPAPERS HAVE OFTEN STRESSED THAT IT WAS THE CIVIC DUTY OF THE POPULATION TO VOTE.

    THE RESULT OF THE ELECTION, WHICH WILL BE FORMALLY ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, WILL MAKE NO CHANGE IN TUNISIAN'S INTERNAL OR FOREIGN POLICIES. THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ELECTION WAS TO CONFIRM THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE OF TUNISIA IN THEIR ONLY POLITICAL PARTY. THERE IS NO ORGANISED OPPOSITION IN THE COUNTRY, AND THE CANDIDATES FOR THE 90-MEMBER PARLIAMENT WERE SURE OF THEIR ELECTION. HOWEVER, A VERY LOW POLL WOULD HAVE BEEN INTERPRETED AS OPPOSITION TO THE REGIME.

    THE SOCIALIST DESTOUR PARTY HAS BEEN IN POWER SINCE TUNISIA ACHIEVED INDEPENDENCE FORM THE FRENCH IN 1956. SIXTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA HAS BEEN HEAD OF STATE SINCE 1957.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZZPLI7TZBDZ9OIL2ZL32MLS1
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZZPLI7TZBDZ9OIL2ZL32MLS1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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