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.
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