Habib Bourguiba

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Birthday
3, 1903
Birthplace
Monastir, Tunisia
Death Date
Apr 6, 2000 (96)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
3, 1903
Birthplace
Monastir, Tunisia
Death Date
Apr 6, 2000 (96)

About

After briefly serving as both Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tunisia, this Neo Destour (New Constitutional Liberal Party) founder-turned Socialist Party politician took office as the Republic of Tunisia's first President, a position he held from 1959 until 1987.

Before Fame

Before beginning his political career, he studied law at Paris' Sorbonne.

Trivia

During his lengthy presidency, Bourguiba brought about significant reforms in the areas of education, healthcare, and women's rights.

Family Life

His first marriage, to Frenchwoman Mathilde Lorrain (who later changed her name to Moufida Bourquiba), resulted in a son named Habib Bourguiba, Jr. With his second wife, Wassila Ben Ammar, he adopted a child named Hajer Bourguiba.

Associated With

Prominent Tunisian academic Sadok Chaabane was the recipient of a prestigious educational honor named for President Habib Bourguiba.