Tunisia has been ruled by two men since its independence, and though they both helped to advance progressive policies, political freedom has been restricted. The country had relative stablility under President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, but recent government clashes with protesters drove him out of power.
SOURCES: CIA World Factbook, State Department, Reporters Without Borders, news reports | The Washington Post - Jan. 15, 2011
Tunisia's president flees the country Article | PARIS - After four weeks of steadily escalating riots across Tunisia, President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali lost his grip on power Friday. The country's prime minister announced that he was taking over to organize early elections and usher in a new government.