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The AFAR Guide to Tunisia

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Tunisia, once home to the ancient Carthaginian Empire, has seen several other empires sweep through since antiquity, with the Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and French all having governed there. Since the end of French colonial rule in 1956, Tunisia has been among the most progressive states in the Arab world, led from 1957-1987 by the secular leader Habib Bourguiba. His successor, Zine Al-abidine Ben Ali, fled in 2011 due to widespread political unrest that later became known as the Arab Spring.