Tunisian Ba'ath Movement

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Tunisian Ba'ath Movement

حركة البعث التونسي
Mouvement Baath tunisien
LeaderOmar Othman Belhadj
Ideology Neo-Ba'athism
National affiliation Popular Front
International affiliation Ba'ath Party (Iraqi-dominated faction)
Party flag
Flag of the Ba'ath Party.svg

The Tunisian Ba'ath Movement (Arabic : حركة البعث التونسيHaraket Al-Ba'ath Al-Tounisi; French: Mouvement Baath tunisien) is a political party in Tunisia. It is the Tunisian regional branch of the Iraqi-led Ba'ath Party.

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The first Ba'athist branch in Tunisia, then under the unified Ba'ath Party, was established in 1955; however, the Ba'ath Party was outlawed under Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Following the Tunisian Revolution, [1] the Tunisian Ba'ath Movement was established at its First Congress on 3–5 June 2011 and legally registered on 22 January 2011. However, Ba'athists have been active in underground politics since the 1950s. [2] The Ba'ath Movement marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Saddam Hussein. Omar Othman Belhadj, Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Ba'ath Movement, said "Hussein's execution was symbolic, they did not kill a person but rather the ideas he represented and fought for. Hussein was killed for being against colonization and for being a defender of Arab unity and independence of Arab countries." He further noted that he did not support killing Muammar Gaddafi, saying that Gaddafi had a right to a fair trial like anyone else. [2]

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