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Bourguiba, Habib Ben Ali (also Habib ibn Ali Bourguiba)

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 2000 AD, at 96 years of age.

Nationality: Tunisian
Categories: Politician

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1903 - Born on August 3rd in al-Munastir, Tunisia. Tunisian politician, led Tunisia in its effort to win independence from France and afterward served as his country's first president.

1930 - Trained as a lawyer, Bourguiba helped found a nationalist political party, the Neo-Destour, that was dedicated to ending French colonial rule and securing Tunisian independence.

1934 - Due to his nationalist aspirations, he was imprisoned by the French protectorate of Tunisia.

1956 - He became prime minister of Tunisia.

1957 - He was the first president and prime minister of the Tunisian republic.

         - Although he was an autocrat, his rule as president was both moderate and progressive.

1975 - He was appointed president for life.

1987 - Ben Ali, as prime minister, he ousted the then President-for-life, the 84-year-old Habib Bourguiba, on the grounds of senility.

         - He was overthrown in a bloodless coup.

2000 - Died on April 6th in al-Munastir, Tunisia.

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