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On Friday, December 23rd, 154 out of 217 members of the Constituent Assembly were present to give the new government a vote of confidence.38 members voted against the vote of confidence, 11 members abstained, and 105 voted to approve the new government. The government is composed of members from the parties that make up the ruling coalition: Ennahdha, CPR and Ettakatol, as well as a few independents.The composition of the new government along with short biographies of each minister, as well as the Speaker of the Constituent Assembly and the President of the Republic is as follows:

President of the Constituent Assembly

Mustapha Ben Jaafar

Description

Mustapha Ben Jaafar was elected President of Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly since November 22, 2011 by 145 out of 213 votes. He is the founder and Secretary General of the center-left party Ettakatol (FDTL), also called the Democratic Forum for Labor and Freedoms. His political party arrived in 3rd place with 20 seats at the Constituent Assembly.
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Biography

Age: 71 years

Experience: Founder and Secretary General of the center-left party Ettakatol

Political Party: Ettakatol

President

Moncef Marzouki

Description

Moncef Marzouki was the leader of the center-left party CPR (Congress For the Republic) until he became the fifth Tunisian President since December 12, 2011. In 2001, Marzouki founded the Congress for the Republic Party (CPR), which took the second highest number of seats (29) in the October 23rd Constituent Assembly elections.
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Biography

Age: 66 years

Experience: Human rights activist, M.D, Ph.D

Political Party: CPR

Prime Minister

Hamadi Jebali

Description

Hamadi Jebali, born in the coastal city Sousse, is an engineer specializing in solar energy. He is currently the spokesman and secretary-general of Ennahda, Tunisia’s most prominent Islamist party. Since the January 14th revolution, and especially during the campaign for the Constituent Assembly elections, he has appeared in Ennahda’s press conferences several times…
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Biography

Age: 62 years

Experience: Tunisian Islamist Ennahdha Party Secretary General
Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Defence

Abdelkarim Zbidi

Description

Zbidi holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Claude Bernard in Lyon,France. He also received a masters degree in human physiology, a masters in human pharmacology, a postgraduate diploma in human physiology, and a degree in the study and research of human biology from the same university.
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Biography

Age: 61 years

Experience: Secretary of State to the Prime Minister for Scientific Research and Technology (1999-2000), Minister of Public Health (2001) and Minister of Scientific Research and Technology (2002).

Political Party: Independent

Minister of Justice

Noureddine Bhiri

Description

Noureddine Bhiri is an influencial leader within the center-right Islamist party Ennahda, and a member of the party’s executive bureau. He was the head of its list in the electoral list of Ben Arous, and is now a deputy in the Constituent Assembly .
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Biography

Age: 53 years

Experience: member of several NGO’s, defending the independence of the judiciary from the Ben Ali regime

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Interior

Ali Laarayedh

Description

Ali Laarayedh is one of the most famed leaders of Ennahda, and the party’s current chairman.
Ali Laarayedh was born in 1955 in Mednine. He was Ennahda’s spokesperson from 1981 until his arrest in 1990.
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Biography

Age: 61 years
Experience: Tortured and persecuted for more than three decades
Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Rafik Abdessalem

Description

Rafik Abdessalem, 43, is a member of the moderate Islamic party, Ennahda, and the party leader Rached Gannouchi’s son-in-law. He was proposed by the governing coalition to occupy the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs within the interim government. He is currently working as Senior Researcher and Head of the Research and Studies Office at the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.
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Biography

Age: 43 years

Experience:

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Religious Affairs

Nourredine Khadmi

Description

Noureddine Khadmi was born May 18, 1963 in Tela, Kassrine. He is a member of Ennahda and the Tunisian Constituent Assembly, and works as the Imam of Al Fath mosque, in Tunis.
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Biography

Age: 48 years

Experience: Two PhD’s in jurisprudence from the Higher Institute of Islamic Theology at Zitouna University.

Political Party:

Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice and Spokesperson of the Government

Samir Dilou

Description

Born in 1966 in Lafayette, Tunis, Samir Dilou is a lawyer and member of the Executive Bureau of the Ennahda Party. He currently serves as an Ennahda’s deputy in the Constituent Assembly, the body elected by Tunisians on October 23rd, 2011 to draft a new constitution for the country.
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Biography

Age: 44 years

Experience: Lawyer and member of the Executive Bureau of the Ennahda Party.

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Tourism

Elyes Fakhfakh

Description

He is currently the Deputy Director General of the Tunisian company CORTREL, which specializes in the manufacture of leaf springs.
He is a member of the center left political party Ettakatol.
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Biography

Age: 39 years

Experience: Deputy Director General of the Tunisian company CORTREL

Political Party: Ettakatol

Minister of Education

Abdellatif Abid

Description

Abid was, until recently, a retired professor from the Higher Institute of Languages at the University of Carthage, specializing in Arabic Linguistics. His field covered Arabic terminology, lexicology, and translation of scientific and technical terms.
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Biography

Age: 64 years

Experience: Professor at the Higher Institute of Languages at the University of Carthage

Political Party: Ettakatol

Minister of Public Health

Abdellatif Mekki

Description

Abdellatif Mekki was born in 1962 Ksour, Kef. He was the head of Ennahda’s, Tunisia’s center-right Islamist party, list in the Kef electoral district, and he is currently a member of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly.

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Biography

Age: 49 years

Experience: Physician, political activist, and a former Secretary General of the Tunisian General Student Union

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Training and Employment

Abdel Waheb Maatar

Description

Abdelwaheb Matar was born March 23, 1952 in Sfax. He is a lawyer and a constitutional law professor at the University of Tunis. He was one of the original founders of the Congress For the Republic (CPR) party. He was nominated by the governing coalition to take the post of Minister of Training and Employment within the interim government.
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Biography

Age: 59 years

Experience: Lawyer and a constitutional law professor.

Political Party: CPR

Minister of Transport

Abdelkarim Harouni

Description

Abdelkarim Harouni was born on December 17, 1960 in La Marsa, and is a prominent figure in the center-right Islamist party, Ennahda. He attended Carthage Presidence High School, and received a degree in architectural engineering from E.N.I.T. University in Manar. In 1990, Harouni worked as an editor for al Fajr – a publication associated with Ennahdha.
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Biography

Age: 51 years

Experience: Editor for al Fajr – a publication associated with Ennahdha.

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Communication Technologies

Mongi Marzoug

Description

He joined Orange in 1999 as the head of mobile network technology for 7 years, then he became head of network modeling.
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Biography

Age:

Experience: Director at Orange

Political Party: Independent

Minister of Industry and Commerce

Mohamed Lamine Chakhari

Description

Chakhari holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering, and is a professor at the National School of Engineers in Tunis. He is the CEO of an industrial company and the head of its mechanical engineering department.
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Biography

Age: 54 years

Experience: CEO of an industrial company and head of mechanical engineering department.

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Investment and International Cooperation

Riadh Bettaieb

Description

Bettaieb graduated from the National school of engineers, he joined the Islamist Ennahda Movement in 1979. He was tracked down by the authorities of Ben Ali and forced into exile from Tunisia to Paris in 1991. During his 20 years living in Paris, he was the head of the France based, Tunisian Solidarity Association.
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Biography

Age: 50 years

Experience: Head of the France based, Tunisian Solidarity Association

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Equipment and Housing

Mohamed Selmane

Description

Mohamed Selmane was born October 9, 1958 in Nabeul. He is currently the General Director of the Tunisian-Libyan Investment Office. Salmane is also the Director of Tunisia Highway Company.
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Biography

Age: 53 years

Experience: CEO of the Tunisian-Libyan Investment Office

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Finance

Houcine Dimassi

Description

He taught at the Faculty of Law and Sciences in Tunis from 1973 to 1968, within this period, he received his Doctorate in Economics in 1983, he became a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Sciences in Sousse in 1968, he was known for his union activism in the Tunisian General Worker’s Union. He was also determined in training and studying within the operating sector.
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Biography

Age: 63 years

Experience: Professor in the Faculty of Law and Sciences in Sousse

Political Party: Ettakatol

Minister of Planning and Regional Development

Jamel Eddine Gharbi

Description

He received a PhD from IHEC University in Montreal, Canada. Gharbi is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Management in Jendouba. He is also the Vice President of Jendouba University.
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Biography

Age: 47 years

Experience: Vice President of Jendouba University

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Youth and Sports

Tarek Dhiab

Description

Known as the “Tunisian Michel Platini” Tarak Dhiab is a former football player, businessman, and TV commentator for the Al-Jazeera Sports TV channel..

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Biography

Age: 57 years

Experience: Soccer player, AlJazeera-Sport anchor

Political Party: Independent

Minister of Culture

Mehdi Mabrouk

Description

Mahdi Mabrouk is a famed Tunisian sociologist and an author of numerous books. His latest book is called voile et sel (2010), which addresses illegal immigration from Tunisia to European countries along the Mediterranean sea such as France and Italy.

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Biography

Age:

Experience: Tunisian sociologist and an author of numerous books

Political Party: Independent

Minister of Women’s Affairs

Sihem Badi

Description

She has had a long academic career studying in the Secondary School of Chebi in Tozuer, the Faculty of Medicine in Tunis and the University of Paris 7. She current work has been with the Doctor’s Governing Body in Paris, France in charge of the Multidisciplinary Cabinet.
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Biography

Age: 44 years

Experience: Worked with the Doctor’s Governing Body in Paris, France in charge of the Multidisciplinary Cabinet.

Political Party: CPR

Minister of Higher Education

Moncef Ben Salem

Description

Moncef Ben Salem is an influential member of the moderate Islamic party, Ennahda, and is now the party’s deputy in the Constituent Assembly from the Sfax 1 electoral district. Ben Salim has been proposed by the governing coalition as the Minister of Higher Education in the interim government.
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Biography

Age: 58 years

Experience: Eminent professor of Mathematics and Physics at the Faculty of science at the University of Sfax.

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Social Affairs

Khalil Zaouia

Description

Since Ettakatol was legalized in 2002, Zaouia has been tasked with Ettakatol’s international affairs. He was the head of the Ettakatol list in the Tunis 2 district and is now a member of the Constituent Assembly.
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Biography

Age: 50 years

Experience: Head of the orthopedic department in the La Marsa hospital in Tunis.

Political Party: Ettakatol

Minister of State Property and Real Estate Affairs

Slim Ben Hamidene

Description

Ben Hamidene went into exile in Libya and Sudan, where he stayed for six months before moving to Lebanon. He continued his studies in Lebanon at the College of Law in Beirut.
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Biography

Age: 42 years

Experience: Founding members of Congress for the Republic

Political Party: CPR

Minister of Agriculture

Mohamed Ben Salem

Description

In 1987 he spent nine months in prison, and two and a half months between the years 1990 and 1991. Ben Salem subsequently fled the country to France where he spent the next 20 years.
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Biography

Age: 58 years

Experience: Head of the Ennahdha party in 1991.

Political Party: Ennahdha

Minister of Environment

Memia Benna

Description

Memia Benna was an assistant professor in Bizert School of Science in the Department of Chemistry. She is now the Secretary General of the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology in Borj Cedria.

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Biography

Age:

Experience: Secretary General of the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology in Borj Cedria.

Political Party: Independent

Deputy Prime Minister for Transparency and Fighting Corruption

Abderrahman Ladgham

Description

He pursued his studies in Paris and specialized in ENT (ear, nose and throat) Cancer. In 1977, he returned to Tunisia and worked in Salah Azaiz Hospital where he spent the following 30 years and occupied the positions of President of the Health Council and President of Medical Committee.
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Biography

Age: 64 years

Experience: M.D. Author of more than 200 medical essays.President of the Health Council and President of Medical Committee at Salah Azaiz Hospital.

Political Party: Ettakatol

Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Reform

Mohamed Abbou

Description

Mohamed Abbou is a member of the political bureau of the Congress for the Republic party (CPR), the second major winner (29 seats/217) of the Oct. 23rd constituent assembly election in Tunisia.
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Biography

Age: 45 years

Experience: Lawyer

Political Party: CPR

Deputy Prime Minister for Economy

Ridha Saidi

Description

Biography

Age:

Experience:

Political Party: Ennahdha

Deputy Prime Minister for Relations with the Constituent Assembly

Abderazek Kilani

Description

He was known for his human activism nationally and internationally when he was elected Deputy President of the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers for a term between 1988 and 1989, he subsequently became the organization’s President between 1990 and 1991.

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Biography

Age:56 years

Experience:Lawyer, former member of the Tunisian Confederation of Tennis, member of the administration of the Espérance Sportive de Tunis football team.

Political Party:Independant

Secretary of State for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Responsible for America and Asia

Hedi Ben Abbas

Description

Hedi Ben Abbas was born on August 5th in Tboursek, which is situated in the northwest governorate of Beja. Ben Abbes is a member of the Congress for the Republic party (CPR) and he is currently nominated to serve as Secretary of State for the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Americas and Asian division.
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Biography

Age: 50 years

Experience: Cofounder of the CPR. Editor of political articles published in a French magazine titled “L’Audace.”

Political Party: CPR

Secretary of State for the Minister of Interior Responsible for Local Committees

Said Mechichi

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Political Party: Ettakatol

Secretary of State for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Responsible for African and Arab Affairs

Abdullah Turki

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Political Party:

Secretary of State for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Responsible for European Affairs

Touhami Abdouli

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Secretary of State for the Minister of Industry and Commerce

El Bachir Zaafouri

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Secretary of State for Minister of Finance

Salim Besbes

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  1. Dorra G. says:

    Not bad at all. You should add their pictures though, it makes it easier to recognize them.

  2. m swallow says:

    could you complete the list with all the other government members please? – there are many other MPs who are junior ministers or on committees with particular reposnsibilities.

  3. Celina says:

    A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you
    ought to publish more on this subject, it might not be a taboo matter but generally
    people do not talk about such issues. To the next! Best wishes!
    !

  4. Sarah Springham says:

    One woman? Hardly representative of the population of Tunisia.

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  6. luz tissaoui says:

    Totally agree. The Deputy Prime Minister for Transparency and fighting corruption is a MD. WHAT????????????

  7. RAFIK says:

    SO TO BE PART OF THIS GOVERNMENT YOU HAVE TO EITHER HAVE LIVED IN EXILE OR HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY THE OLD DICTATOR’S REGIME…
    DOES ANY ONE ON THIS LIST KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT LAW OR POLITICAL SCIENCE.
    I’M JUST SAYING MAY BE WE NEED TO LOOK FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED AND NOT PEOPLE THAT HAVE A CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDERS.
    ALL I SEE IS POWER HUNGRY PEOPLE ON THIS LIST. AND THE WHEEL KEEPS ON TURNING. WE SHOULD REACH ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN ANOTHER A QUARTER OF A CENTURY.
    A SOCCER PLAYER AS A MINISTER !

    • m swallow says:

      there is an MP i know very well who is qualified in all the areas you complain of, and i am sure there are others. that’s why we need the complete list, not just the big cheeses.
      Then those with ability can be helped, and they will rise to the top as you desire. A guy there due to influence only will be seen through.
      PS. in UK women are still side-lined at the top in politics so it’s not just tunisia !

  8. Dobermann says:

    Que des sales têtes

  9. Sarah says:

    What happened to Mohamed el Hashimi? Surely the man who won 15% of the votes has a role?

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