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Tunisia
Capital:
Tunis
Population:
9,974,722 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Following independence from France in 1956, 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 recent years, Tunisia has taken a moderate, non-aligned stance in its foreign relations. Domestically, it has sought to defuse rising pressure for a more open political society.
Government type:
republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $68.23 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
630,000 (2003)
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