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General Country Information

The Republic of Tunisia achieved independence from France in 1956 and was then ruled for three decades by Habib Bourguiba. The current president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali dismissed him in 1987 and has since then changed the constitution twice in order to remain president. Tunisia has a population of 10.1 million in total, of which 98% are Arab, the remainder is of Berber origin. 98% of the population is Muslim and 78.3% is literate.


More general information is available at BBC Country Profile and at Wikipedia in both English and Arabic.


Official information can be found at the official website of the Tunesian government in French and the  Tunesian parliament in Arabic.

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