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Tunisia

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Introduction:

Rivalry between French and Italian interests in Tunisia culminated in a French invasion in 1881 and the creation of a protectorate. Agitation for independence in the decades following World War I was finally successful in convincing the French to recognize Tunisia as an independent state in 1956.

The country's first president, Habib Bourguiba, established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In November 1987, Bourguiba was removed from office and replaced by Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in a bloodless coup. Street protests that began in Tunis in December 2010 over high unemployment, corruption, widespread poverty, and high food prices escalated in January 2011, culminating in rioting that led to hundreds of deaths.

On 14 January 2011, the same day Ben Ali dismissed the government, he fled the country, and by late January 2011, a "national unity government" was formed. Elections for the new Constituent Assembly were held in late October 2011, and in December, it elected human rights activist Moncef Marzouki as interim president. The Assembly began drafting a new constitution in February 2012 and, after several iterations and a months-long political crisis that stalled the transition, ratified the document in January 2014.

Parliamentary and presidential elections for a permanent government were held at the end of 2014. Beji Caid Essebsi was elected as the first president under the country's new constitution. Caid Essebsi’s term, as well as that of Tunisia’s 217-member Parliament, expires in 2019.

 

Tunisia Flag
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Tunisia Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
11,516,189 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
Africa
Area:
total= 163,610 sq km

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Tunis

Internet Code:
.tn

Airports:
29 (2013)

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Tunisia Locater
Locater

Tunisia Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
TUNISIA
Mission/Frame: ISS027-E-11118
Spacecraft Altitude: 186 nautical miles (344 km)
Features:
TUNIS, LAKE OF TUNIS, SEBKHET ARINA, TUNIS-CARTHAGE AIRPORT, GULF OF TUNIS

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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