After the modern Tunisian Republic was founded in 1956, Habib Bourguiba, known as the father of the nation, tempered the influence of religion, pushed for women’s rights in the Personal Status Code and created secular, coeducational and bilingual schools, making Tunisia a leading modern example regionally. Building on these foundations, following the 2011 Jasmine Revolution Tunisia rose to become a leading example of a successful post-Arab Spring democracy. Today, Tunisia is among the…
From The Report: Tunisia 2018
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Tunisia has a small, principally homogeneous population, emerging from a diverse background of civilisations, which makes the modern population a mix of Arab, Ottoman and Berber, to name but a handful. In 1956, the country gained independence from France and established a constitution modelled on the French system. In 2011, during the Jasmine Revolution, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled from 1987, was ousted. Following the Tunisian revolution, the country has been transitioning into a democracy and adopted a new constitution in January 2014. This chapter contains a viewpoint with President Beji Caid Essebsi; and an interview with Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank.