• Short Summary

    President Bourguiba and his wife were among the strikingly high number of voters who went to the polls, Now 8, in Tunis and other parts of the Tunisian Republic.

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    President Bourguiba and his wife were among the strikingly high number of voters who went to the polls, Now 8, in Tunis and other parts of the Tunisian Republic.

    Results of the elections, published Nov 9, showed that an over-whelming majority returned Mr. Bourguiba - only candidate - as President, and that candidates backed by his Neo-Destour party won back all 90 seats in the new Legislative Assembly.

    Of the 1,099,577 men and women on the electoral lists, 1,009,127 cast votes. 1,005,769 - or more than 91% of all votes recorded - were for Mr Bourguiba.

    More detailed results of the voting are not yet available, but in only two constituencies were there Opposition candidates - Communists - who were heavily defeated. At Gafsa, they received 242 of over 64,500 votes and in the Tunis first district 3,229 votes of a total of over 93,000.

    Mr Bourguiba was first unanimously elected President in 1957, by the constituent assembly which voted to end the reign of the Bey of Tunis and to set up a republic.

    Among the new deputies elected Nov 8 is Mrs Radia Hadad, president of the National Women's Union, and the first woman ever to be elected to office in Tunisia. She said the election was a great day for Tunisian women, gaining for them the rights held by modern women in the rest of the world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABUPVOA8OUX7W5O53WHAB5R6XU
    Media URN:
    VLVABUPVOA8OUX7W5O53WHAB5R6XU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
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