Al-Watan Party (Tunisia)

For other uses, see Al-Watan Party.
Homeland Party
حزب الوطن
French name Parti de la patrie
Abbreviation Al Watan
Founded 2011 (2011)
Split from Constitutional Democratic Rally
Ideology Centrism[1]
Colors Light blue and Red
Assembly of the
of the People
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The Homeland Party (Tunisian Arabic: حزب الوطن, Ḥizb el-Waṭan; French: Parti de la patrie) or El-Watan Party is a centrist party in Tunisia, that was launched on 19 February[2] and officially licensed on 9 March 2011.[3]

It was founded by Mohamed Jegham, former minister of trade and tourism, Ahmed Friaa, former minister of the interior in the Government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, and ten other leaders.[4] Both Jegham and Friaa come from the ranks of the old dominant party Constitutional Democratic Rally, sustaining the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime. On 13 June 2011, Friaa announced his resignation from the party to clear the way for younger politicians.[5]


  1. Chrisafis, Angelique (19 October 2011), "Tunisia's political parties" (PDF), The Guardian, retrieved 24 October 2011
  2. Tunisia – Mohamed Jegham et Ahmed Friâa créent le parti « El Watan » (Jegham and Friaa create the Homeland Party), Business (in French), 20 Feb 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011
  3. Tunisia: Old Regime Party Dissolved, Other 10 Parties Authorized, Eurasia Review, 10 March 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011
  4. Mohamed Jegham : le parti Al Watan mise sur les jeunes, les femmes et les régions (The Homeland Party Focuses on the Youth, Women and Regions), (in French), 8 March 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011
  5. Friaa Resigns from “Al-Watan” Party, TunisiaLive, 14 June. Retrieved 22 June 2011

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