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
http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev /mideast/bourgnyt.htm

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