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Tunisian Republic
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Location  Africa
Capital  Tunis
Area  163,610 sq km
Population  10,629,186
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  • Tarek Bin Mohamed Souei of Tunisia received the Arab Referee Award at the 9th Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award ceremony held in Dubai on 10 January 2018.[1]

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  • The prime ministers of Tunisia, Libya and Algeria agreed on 12 January 2013 to enhance security along their common borders in an attempt to fight the flow of arms and drugs and organized crime in the politically turbulent region.[2]

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  • Tunisia's national assembly approved the country's landmark new constitution on 26 January 2014 -- its first since the ouster of longtime president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali three years ago in 2011 revolts and uprisings that sparked the Arab Spring.[3]

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  • Tunisia lifted the state of emergency on 6 March 2014 that has been in place since the outbreak of a popular revolution three years ago that triggered the Arab Spring.[4]

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  • Independence Day of Tunisia. Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956.

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  • Tunisian capital Tunis was recognised as the Arab Region’s Capital of Islamic Culture 2019 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

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  • Emna Harigua from Tunisia received a Unesco-L’Oreal International Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences on 29 March 2012 for her research that focuses on the urgent need to find new treatments for leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that affects 12 million people worldwide and causes some 60,000 deaths every year.[5]
  • Tunisia became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 29 March 1995.[6]

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  • The Tunisia national football team ranked best in Africa in the FIFA World Rankings, released on 12 April 2018, moving up nine places to number 14.

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  • Khaled Aluglana of Tunisia won the second prize at the 2016 Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain's Prize for Poetic Creativity in Arabic.[7]

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  • Mahmoud Hammami of Tunisia was elected as a member of Fifa's Disciplinary Committee from Africa on 11 May 2017.[8]

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  • Tunisian-French film director Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance "Blue Is the Warmest Color" won the Palme d'Or, the top honor of the Cannes Film Festival, on 26 May 2013.[9]

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  • The Constitution of Tunisia was first adopted on June 1, 1959. Earlier, in 1956, Tunisia gained independence from France.[10]

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  • Tunisian football team topped the FIFA ranking from Africa on 7 June 2018 by securing the 21st position on the overall list just before the grand opening of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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  • The Tunisia robotics team won a silver medal in the Albert Einstein Award for FIRST Global International Excellence category at the FIRST Global robotics competition in Washington DC on 16 July 2017.[11]

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  • Tunisian Parliament on 26 July 2017 abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.[12]

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  • Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli won the gold medal in the men’s 10km swimming marathon at the London Olympics on 10 August 2012 to become the first swimmer to get medals in both the pool and open water.[13]

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  • Archaeologists from Tunisia and Italy have discovered vast ancient underwater Roman ruins off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD, as revealed on 31 August 2017.


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  • Fares Ferjani and Ines Boubakri of Tunisia won Fencing gold in Men’s Individual Sabre and Women’s Individual Foil respectively at the 2015 All-Africa Games.[14]

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the revolution in 2011.[15]

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  • Tunisian men's football team moved to the top of FIFA's African rankings for the first time in 15 years on 16 October 2017.

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  • Japan agreed to grant Tunisia $600 million loan guarantee to support Tunisia’s democratic transition and economic recovery, according to an official announcement by the Tunisian central bank governor on 19 October 2012.[16]

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  • Tunisians went to the country's first free election on 23 October 2011 since the country's independence to elect members of a constituent assembly which will be tasked with drafting a new constitution and charting Tunisia's transitional period. The election is the first in the country after the ousting of dictator President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali earlier in 2011.[17]

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  • Tunisia was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.[18]

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  • Tunisian contestant Fatma Ben Guefrache won the World Muslimah 2014 title, a beauty pageant for Muslim women, on 21 November 2014 in Indonesia.

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  • The Tunisian cabinet- the first among Arab nations- approved a law of gender equality in inheritance on 23 November 2018 that would allow men and women to inherit equal amounts.
  • Tunisia took another step forward in its transition to democracy on 23 November 2014 by holding its first free presidential election, a milestone for the nation that in 2011 sparked the seismic shift in Middle East politics known as the Arab Spring.

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References


  1. http://www.asoif.com/news/sheikh-nahyan-and-princess-rima-win-top-honours-9th-edition-mbr-creative-sports-awards
  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-libya-borders-idUSBRE90B0G220130112
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/us-tunisia-politics-idUSBREA0P0P220140127
  4. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/tunisia-ends-state-emergency-after-3-years
  5. http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/FWIS_2012_Fellows_en.pdf
  6. http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org6_e.htm
  7. http://www.albabtainprize.org/Default.aspx?nid=8015&pageId=153
  8. http://resources.fifa.com/mm/Document/AFFederation/Administration/02/88/36/92/20170511_CommitteeMembers_final_Neutral.pdf
  9. http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/2013/awardCompetition.html
  10. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5439.htm
  11. http://first.global/press-releases/students-from-160-nations-to-reconvene-a-year-from-now-in-mexico-city-for-the-second-iteration-of-the-first-global-challenge/
  12. http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/8/news-tunisia-law-on-ending-violence-against-women
  13. http://www.london2012.com/country/tunisia/medals/index.html
  14. http://www.cojabrazzaville2015.com/en/fencing-medal-table-and-full-results/
  15. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2015/press.html
  16. http://news.yahoo.com/japan-agrees-grant-tunisia-600-mln-loan-guarantee-082434776--finance.html
  17. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-10/23/c_131206982.htm
  18. http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/55.aspx#.VE4PV_mUcwA