Tunisians voted on Sunday (4 November) in the country's fifth parliamentary elections since independence from France in 1965.
GV Police motor-cyclists escorting car carrying President Habib Bourguiba arriving at polling station
CU Bourguiba alights from car and is greeted
SV Bourguiba enters room and places ballot paper into box
SV Election officers seated at desk
MV Man casting vote while others wait (2 SHOTS)
GV Bourguiba talking to officials outside polling station
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Background: Tunisians voted on Sunday (4 November) in the country's fifth parliamentary elections since independence from France in 1965. Early estimates put the turnout at between sixty and seventy percent. The people of Tunisia will choose 121 deputies from a list of 242 candidates presented by the ruling Parti Socialiste Destourien (PSD).
SYNOPSIS: Among the almost two million eligible voters was Tunisia's President, Habib Bourguiba -- one of the first to arrive at this polling station.
President Bourguiba, who is seventy-six years old, is enjoying improved health after six years of often grave illness.
The President holds the title of the "Supreme Combatant" of the Destour Socialist Party. For the first time, Tunisians have a choice of two candidates for every seat in the National Assembly -- but both are members of Bourguiba's party.
There has been discussion about changing the structure of the ruling party to keep pace with the development of the country and to provide greater appeal to the half of Tunisia's population that is under twenty. At a party congress is September, President Bourguiba hinted to the opposition that there may be room in the organisation for them, but candidates int he election did not reflect this proposed liberalisation.