Currently alive, at 82 years of age.
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1936 – Ali was born in Hammam-Sousse, Tunisia on September 3, 1936.
1964 – Appointed as Chairman of the Defense Ministry’s Military Security.
1977 – Promoted to director-general of National Security at the Ministry of the Interior.
1981 – Became Ambassador to Poland.
1982 – Resumed his position as the head of National Security at the Ministry of the Interior but this time with Cabinet rank.
1987 – Appointed Prime Minister and later President of Tunisia after President Bourguiba declared medically unfit for the duties of the office.
2002 – Called for the United Nations to setup a ‘World Solidarity Fund’.
2004 – Re-elected as President on October 24, 2004.