Tunisian Workers' Communist Party

Tunisian Workers' Communist Party
Tunisian Workers' Communist Party
حزب العمال الشيوعي التونسي
French name Parti communiste des ouvriers de Tunisie
Leader Hamma Hammami
Founded 3 January 1986 (1986-01-03)
Headquarters Tunis, Tunisia
Ideology Communism
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation International Conference of Marxist–Leninist Parties and Organizations (Unity & Struggle)
Official colours Red
Constituent Assembly
3 / 217
Politics of Tunisia
Political parties

The Tunisian Workers' Communist Party (Arabic: حزب العمال الشيوعي التونسي‎, Ḥizb al-‘Ummāl ash-Shuyū‘ī at-Tūnisī ; French: Parti communiste des ouvriers de Tunisie), also known by its French acronym PCOT, is a Marxist-Leninist political party in Tunisia. Its general secretary is Hamma Hammami. It was outlawed until the Tunisian Revolution, when in a failed attempt to shore up the state framework it and another banned party were invited to participate in a National Unity government.[1] Subsequently the party and other opposition elements refused this attempt to co-opt the ongoing[2] revolution by installing a government composed at its senior levels by associates of the former regime.

It was founded on January 3, 1986 and has a youth wing the Union of Communist Youth of Tunisia (UJCT).

Amnesty International reports that in 1998 five students were charged with belonging to PCOT and given 4 year prison sentences after student demonstrations.[3]

After their involvement in the uprising against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, PCOT held their first conference as a legal party on July 22-24, with up to 2000 attending[4]. Removing the word "communist" from the party's name was among the topics debated. In the end, party spokesperson Abed Jabbar Bdouri stated the party decided “not to make any changes since we’re currently too busy with the electoral campaign”.[5]

In the 2011 Constituent Assembly election, the candidates of PCOT's electoral formation ran by the name "Revolutionary Alternative" (Arabic: البديل الثوريal-badīl ath-thawrī) and won 3 of the 217 seats, in Sfax, Kairouan and Siliana [6]

PCOT is a part of the International Conference of Marxist–Leninist Parties and Organizations (Unity & Struggle).


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