ELECTIONS HELD IN 1989
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|2 April 1989|
|Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament following premature dissolution of this body on 2 March 1989. General elections had previously been held in November 1986.|
|Following the November 1986 general elections, Mr. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali took office as President of the Republic one year later – on 7 November 1987 – succeeding Mr. Habib Bourguiba. Another year later to the day, the date of the 1989 presidential and legislative elections was announced (originally for 9 April); polling for the Chamber of Deputies was not normally due until November 1991.
Also in November 1988, six opposition political parties had signed a "national pact" on multi-partyism with the Government. Thus some 350 candidates challenged the 141 (one for each seat of the enlarged Chamber of Deputies) of the ruling Democratic Constitutional Rally (Rassemblement constitutionnel démocratique – (RCD), known as the Destour Socialist Party (PSD) until 1988. The two-week campaign commenced on 19 March.
On a generally peaceful polling day, Mr. Ben Ali, unopposed, won the five-year term presidency and the RCD captured all parliamentary seats despite a strong challenge from independent candidates linked to Islamic fundamentalists and in the face of a poor showing by the main opposition Democratic Socialist Movement (MDS). This total triumph was attributed to Tunisia's simple majority electoral system.
On 11 April, President Ben Ali reshuffled his Cabinet.
|Round no 1 (2 April 1989): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||2,711,925|
|Blank or invalid ballot papers||31,838|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD)||80.48|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD)||141|
|16 seats added since last elections.|
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
|Distribution of seats according to age:|
|Over 60 years||9|
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