Tunisia commemorates death of its first post-independence president

10:15, April 07, 2011      

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Tunisians held popular ceremonies Wednesday to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Habib Bourguiba, the first president of the Republic of Tunisia.

An official ceremony was organized Wednesday in the city of Monastir, Bourguiba's birthplace, during which the country's interim President Fouad Mebazaa laid a wreath of flowers at the foot of Bourguiba's memorial.

Tunisian radio and television broadcasted Bourguiba's speeches, while newspapers, which were shy in covering the commemoration of the late leader during the rule of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, devoted articles with black and white pictures and titles like "Father of the nation you were and father of the nation you will remain" to praise Bourguiba's role in the country' s liberation.

"Is Bourguiba truly dead?" asked a newspaper, in reference to many parties which are currently growing based on the former leader's political legacy.

Source: Xinhua
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