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Republic of Tunisia

al-Tunisiyah al-Jumhuriyah

Political Status: Independent state since 1956; republic proclaimed July 25, 1957; under one-party dominant, presidential regime; interim government formed following civil unrest that resulted in the ouster of the president on January 14, 2011.

Area: 63,170 sq. mi. (163,610 sq. km).

Population: 11,903,000 (2020E—World Bank); 11,721,177 (2020E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Centers (2017E—UN): TUNIS (693,210), Sfax (277,278), Sousse (164,123), Midoun (120,000), Kairoun (119,794), Bizerte (115,268).

Official Language: Arabic; French is widely spoken as a second language.

Monetary Unit: Tunisian Dinar (market rate September 30, 2020: 2.75 dinars = $1US).

President: Kais SAIED (ind.); elected in runoff balloting on October 13, 2019, and sworn in for a five-year term on October 23, to succeed Beji Caid ESSEBSI (Nidaa Tounes), who died in office on July 25.

Prime Minister: Hichem MECHICHI (ind.); ...

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