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Department
International Affairs
Course
INTA 2XXX
Professor
Murat
Semester
Spring

Description
Tunisia Geography - Slightly larger than Georgia - Borders Algeria to the west and Libya to the southeast - Bounded to the north by Mediterranean Sea - Medjarda River is its largest river; runs through north Tunisia - Aures Mountains in the north, Sahara Desert in the south People - Population: over 10 million - Capital: Tunis - Ethnic Groups o 98% Arab o Some European, Jewish - Language: o Arabic (official) o French (business) - 74% literacy rates Arab Spring - Tunisia has been an authoritarian state since its independence - Ruled by Democratic Constitutional Rally - The reign of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali began to limit liberties in the 90s - Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring - Mohammad Muzazi o Immolated himself in protest – started the Arab Spring - Current government is in transitional phase Government - Constitutional Republic - President is the Chief of State o President: Moncef Marzoulki (Dec. 2011) o Elected by Constituent Assembly o Secular freedom fighter - Prime Minister is the head of government o Prime Minister: Hamadi Jebali (Dec. 2011) o Picked by majority party in parliament - Judicial o Court of Cassation  Based off French civil code  Influenced by Sharia Islamic Law - Legislative o
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