Tunisia's ex-ruling party dissolved

2011-03-09 11:54

Tunis - A Tunisian court on Wednesday dissolved the Rally for Constitutional Democacy (RCD), the former governing party of Tunisia's deposed leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The party was suspended from official activities in February by the interior ministry after Ben Ali fled abroad on January 14 at the height of a popular uprising to overthrow his autocratic regime.

The court "has decided to dissolve the Rally for Constitutional Democacy and to liquidate its assets and funds", the ruling said, triggering a burst of applause from a packed courtroom.

The interior ministry had accused the party which claimed a membership of two million people out of a population of 12 million of violating the constitution to set up a one-party "totalitarian regime" under Ben Ali.

Since it was created in 1988, the party had never been audited and had never filed annual accounts, the ministry added.