 Over the centuries Tunisia has been ruled by a number of
empires, from the Phoenicians and Romans to the
Ottoman Turks and the French.
 Tunisia declared independence from France in 1956.
 Ben Ali ruled Tunisia as president until he was forced to
flee the country in 2011 following the Tunisian
 Elections in October 2011 saw the Islamist party Ennahda
win the most votes but fall short of an outright majority.
 A coalition with two secularist parties will govern until
new elections are held for permanent institutions.
 Islam is the state religion and the constitution stipulates that the President must be Muslim.
 Around 98% of Tunisia is Sunni Muslim, with a 1% Christian population and a significant Jewish minority.
 Proselytizing in public is forbidden, although non-Muslim religions are allowed on condition that they do not disturb
public order.
 Conversion from Islam to another religion is not forbidden but is frowned upon and there are reports of discrimination
in employment and academic opportunities on the basis of religion.
 The government formally recognises only the Catholic Church as a religious minority, but allows other denominations
to register.
 There is much social and familial pressure placed upon local believers, which discourages many from following their
faith openly.
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