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    TUNISIA CELEBRATED TEN YEARS OF REPUBLICANISM ON TUESDAY. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS HEART?

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    MOTORCADE TOURS STREETS; PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA IN CAR; PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT FLOATS DOWN FROM SKY; PRESIDENT GREETS CROWD; ILLUMINATED ARCH; BOURGUIBA SPEAKS AT ASSEMBLY.




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    Background: TUNISIA CELEBRATED TEN YEARS OF REPUBLICANISM ON TUESDAY. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS HEART ATTACK, PRESIDENT HABIB BOURGUIBA MADE A CELEBRATION ADDRESS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, AND LATER WAS DRIVEN IN A TRIUMPHAL TOUR OF THE CAPITAL.

    PRESIDENT BOUGUIBA'S SPEECH TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WAS A HARD-HITTING ATTACK UPON ANY INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT. HE TOLD THE ASSEMBLY: 'A POLITICAL LEADER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VICTORY OF HIS PEOPLE AND IF HE FAILS HE HAS NO EXCUSE. HE HAS TO PAY THE PRICE OF DEFEAT.' WHILE MENTIONING NO NAMES, HE ADDED THAT HE COULD NOT TOLERATE HIS PEOPLE SUFFERING A CATASTROPHE THROUGH HIS ERROR. TUNISIA HAD SHOWN 'CONSCIOUSNESS AND CLAIRVOYANCE' DURING THE HISTORY OF HER REPUBLIC.

    ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS BEGAN ON TUESDAY NIGHT, AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL AUGUST THIRD, WHEN MR. BOURGUIBA WILL BE 64 YEARS OLD. ON TUESDAY EVENING THE PRESIDENT TOURED THE CAPITAL. STANDING IN AN OPEN CAR, HE WAS ENTHUSIASTICALLY HAILED BY CROWDS ENJOYING THE CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE. SPORT, DANCING, AND CONCERTS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARY ENDS.

    TUNISIA, A FRENCH PROTECTORATE FROM 1881, BECAME INDEPENDENT IN 1956, WITH MR. BOURGUIBA S ITS PRIME MINISTER. ON JULY 25, 1957, THE MONARCHY WAS ABOLISHED, AND A REPUBLIC, WITH MR. BOURGUIBA AS PRESIDENT, WAS DECLARED. HE HAS BEEN TWICE RE-ELECTED.

    SINCE THE FORMATION OF THE REPUBLIC, TUNISIA HAS ADOPTED A POLICY OF NON-ALIGNMENT IN WORLD AFFAIRS. THE PRESIDENT HAS RECENTLY URGED RESTRAINT ON FELLOW ARAB LEADERS IN THEIR RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE93H7LJIS78FKWRF0OACQWJSL
    Media URN:
    VLVAE93H7LJIS78FKWRF0OACQWJSL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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