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Name of Object:

The 1861 constitution


Tunis, Tunisia

Holding Institution:

Archives Nationales

 About Higher Institute for the Study of Contemporary History of Tunisia, University of Manouba, Tunis

Date of Object:



Mohamed Sadok Bey

Material(s) / Technique(s):



Palais du Bardo


Despite the promulgation of the fundamental pact, the new reforms did not, in practice, take effect. The French and English consuls therefore continued to remind the Tunisian sovereign of the importance of judiciary reform in particular and offered to create a senate to assist him in this. Mohamed Bey's successor, Sadok Bey, promised to complete his predecessor's work and create a deliberative assembly. On 1 July 1860, the completion of the new reforms was announced. On 17 September 1860 in Algiers, the bey solemnly handed Napoléon III a copy of the richly bound text. Proclaimed in January 1861, the constitution was put to effect the following 23 April.

Citation of this web page:

Bechir Yazidi "The 1861 constitution" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;awe;tn;55;en

Prepared by: Bechir Yazidi
Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: TN 055

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