GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
March 20, 1956: Tunisia gains independence from France.

Tunisia's bey, or hereditary ruler, assumes control of a new constitutional monarchy. A year later, Habib Bourguiba, president of the country's legislative body, the National Assembly, moves to adopt a constitution that ends the centuries-old tradition of rule by the bey. Bourguiba's policies over the next decade aim to further secularize and modernize Tunisian society.

WWW Habib Bourguiba Led Tunisia to Independence From France /mideast/bourgnyt.htm

A history of Habib Bourguiba's reign in Tunisia after gaining independence