Monastir — My presence in the commemoration of Leader Habib Bourguiba's death is an acknowledgment to one of the pioneers of the national movement and independence and a tribute to the services he had rendered to Tunisia, that the former regime had tried to occult, President Moncef Marzouki said, Saturday in Monastir.
Presiding over the 13th commemoration ceremony of leader Habib Bourguiba's death, President Marzouki announced that a new tradition will be established consisting in paying tribute to all person who renders services to the nation.
He toured the various pavilions of Bourguiba's museum known as "the marble palace," annotating its guest book in these words "in the memory of the first President of the Republic in acknowledgement of all Tunisians for his role in service of Independence, education and women's rights."
A ceremony was organised on the occasion, during which Mr. Marzouki saluted the flag while the national anthem was performed before reviewing a detachment of the three arms paying him honours.
Then, he laid a sheaf of flowers at the bottom of the Leader's mausoleum and recited the Fatiha in his memory.
The ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff of the three Arms General Rachid Ammar, several activists of the national movement, government members and National Constituent Assembly members.