The Socialist Destourian Party
: الحزب الاشتراكي الدستوري
al-Ḥizb al-Ishtirākī ad-Dustūrī
: Parti socialiste destourien
) was the ruling political party of Tunisia
from 1964 to 1988. Bahi Ladgham
was the first Prime Minister
from the party and Hédi Baccouche
was the last. It was founded on 22 October 1964 and disbanded on 27 February 1988. Habib Bourgiba
was the first president of the Socialist Destourian Party from 1964 to 1987. He was succeeded by Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
from 1987 to 1988.
Independence of Tunisia
from France was negotiated largely by the Neo Destour
's Bourguiba. The effective date was March 20, 1956. The next year the Republic of Tunisia was constituted, which replaced the Beylical
form of government. Tunisia became a one-party state
, with Neo Destour as the ruling party under Prime Minister and later President Habib Bourguiba.
Later the Neo Destour party was renamed the Socialist Destourian Party in 1964, to signal the government's commitment to a socialist phase of political-economic development. This phase failed to fulfill expectations, however, and was discontinued in 1969 with the dismissal of Ahmad ben Salah as economics minister by President Bourguiba.