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Tunisia's responsibility, and especially that of its political and intellectual elites, is enormous. All the protagonists of the nation's social, cultural, economic and political life must work to overcome useless and counterproductive polarisation, and to find solutions to domestic, regional and international problems.

Tariq Ramadan


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Overview: Tunisia


Mr Larayedh, assumed the premiership in the face not only of challenges from within his own party but from the country at large. He had been the head for more than a year of the Interior Ministry, generally considered to be in need of reform. On his watch large numbers of the population and the media had been constantly critical of his methods. Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that ‘There's a mixed picture on the human-rights record from this minister. Under Ali Larayedh, there were several incidents that posed a series of concerns.’ Not the least of the ‘events’ was when the police fired on unarmed protesters in the capital. 

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Profile: Tunisia

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Jumhuriya at Tunisiya (Republic of Tunisia)
Head of State: President Beji Caid Essebsi (since 31 December 2014)
Head of government: Prime Minister Habib Essid (since 6 February 2015)
Ruling party: Coalition led by Nidaa Tounes consisting of Union Patriotique Libre (UPL) (Free Patriotic Union), Afek Tounes (Tunisian Aspiration), Harkat en-Nahda (Ennahda Movement) and independent politicians.
Area: 164,150 square km
Population: 11.00 million (2014)*
Capital: Tunis
Official language: Arabic
Currency: Dinar (D) = 1,000 millimes
Exchange rate: D1.97 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$4,415 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 2.30% (2014)*
GDP: US$48.55 billion (2014)
Labour force: 3.77 million (2010)
Unemployment: 15.30% (2014)*
Inflation: 4.92% (2014)
Oil production: 53,000 bpd (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$6.56 billion (2014)
Annual FDI: US$432.67 million (2011)
* estimated figure

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