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Parti destourien libre, Tunisia

Free Destourian Party

Last modified: 2020-04-11 by rob raeside
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Parti destourien libre image by Ivan Sache, 24 March 2020

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The party

The Parti destourien libre (PDL - الحزب الدستوري الحر - Free Destourian Party) was established on 23 September 2013, as the Mouvement destourien (Destourian Movement) by Hamed Karoui (b. 1927), Prime Minister of Ben Ali from 1989 to 1999. Renamed to Parti destourien libre on 16 August 2016, the party is chaired by the lawyer Abir Moussi. The PDL claims to be the continuation of Ben Ali's Rassemblement constitutionnel démocratique (RCD); opposed to the Jasmine Revolution and to the Islamists, the PDL is often accused to call for a come back to Bourguiba and Ben Ali's regime.

In the 2014 presidential election, Abderrahim Zouari was the 28th (out of 29) most voted candidate (2,701 votes; 0.08%). In the 2019 presidential election, Abir Moussi was the 9th most voted candidate (135,461 votes; 4%). In the general election that followed, the PDL was the third most voted party (189,356 votes; 6.6%), securing 17 seats at the Assembly of the Representatives of Tunisia. The party celebrated its success in Monastir, Bourguiba's birth town.
Ivan Sache 24 March 2020

The flag

The flag of the PDL is white with the party's logo. Unsurprisingly, the logo of the PDL is very similar to the logo of the old RCD, without the Tunisian flag, though.


Ivan Sache 24 March 2020