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Nidaa Tounes, Tunisia

Tunisia's Call

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Nidaa Tounes image by Ivan Sache, 24 March 2020

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The party

Nidaa Tounes (نداء تونس - Tunisia's Call) was recognized as a political party by the Tunisian government on 6 July 2012, following the Tunisia's Call issued on 20 April 2012 by Béji Caïd Essebsi (1926-2019), Prime Minister after the 2011 Jasmine Revolution and organizer of the Constituent Assembly.
In the 2014 presidential election, Béji Caïd Essebsi, the most voted candidate (1,289;384 votes; 39.5%) in the first round, was elected President of the Republic (1,731,529 votes; 55.7%) in the second round. In the general election that followed, Nidaa Tounes, presented as the main opponent to Islamism, was the most voted party (1,279,941 votes; 27.6% of the votes, securing 86 out of the 217 seats at the Assembly of People's Representatives and defeating Ennahdha (27.8%, 69 seats), which had won the 2011 election.

Nidaa Tounes' success induced a crisis inside the party. There were big quarrels about Béji Caïd Essebsi's succession as the party's leader and the opportunity to set up a government alliance with Ennahdha. Hafedh Caïd Essebsi, Béji Caïd Essebsi's son, was appointed Executive Director of the party during the congress held in Sousse on 10 January 2015. Several members left Nidaa Tounes to found new parties, in a never-ending split process. For a while, two clans claimed leadership over Nidaa Tounes, which was eventually granted by the court to the Essebsi clan.

In the first round of the presidential election held the same year, the party's candidate, Abdelkrim Zbidi, was only the fourth most voted candidate (361,864 votes; 10.7%) and could not advance to the second round. In the general election that followed, Nidaa Tounes obtained only 43,213 votes (1.5%; 13th most voted party) in the 2019 general elections, securing only 3 seats.
Ivan Sache 24 March 2020

The flag

The flag of Nidaa Tounes is white with the party's logo.


Ivan Sache 24 March 2020