Elyes Fakhfakh
Elyes Fakhfakh (Arabic: إلياس الفخفاخ‎‎; born 1972) is a Tunisian politician. He served as the Minister of Tourism and, starting on 19 of December 2012, as the Minister of Finances as well, under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.[1][2][3] He served as the Prime Minister of Tunisia from 27 February[4][5] to 2 September 2020.
Elyes Fakhfakh
إلياس الفخفاخ

Fakhfakh in 2020
15th Prime Minister of Tunisia
In office
27 February 2020 – 2 September 2020
PresidentKais Saied
Preceded byYoussef Chahed
Succeeded byHichem Mechichi
Minister of Finance
In office
12 December 2012 – 29 January 2014
Prime MinisterHamadi Jebali
Ali Larayedh
Preceded byHoucine Dimassi
Succeeded byHakim Ben Hammouda
Minister of Tourism
In office
24 December 2011 – 13 March 2013
Prime MinisterHamadi Jebali
Preceded byMehdi Houas
Succeeded byJamel Gamra
Personal details
Born1972 (age 48–49)
Tunis, Tunisia
Political partyDemocratic Forum for Labour and Liberties
Alma materNational Engineering School of Sfax
Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon
University of Évry Val d'Essonne
Elyes Fakhfakh was born in Tunis in 1972.[3] He studied Mechanical Engineering at the National Engineering School of Sfax and graduated in 1995.[6] Then he studied Master's at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon.[2] Later on, he had a Master's degree in Business Administration at University of Évry Val d'Essonne.[6]
In 1999, at the age of 27, he started his career as an engineer for the French oil corporation Total S.A..[2] He worked for Total in Europe, America and Asia, and from 2004 onwards in Poland.[3] In 2004, he joined Cortrel, a Tunisian leaf spring manufacturing company, and later became its Deputy Director General.[2][3]
He is a member of Ettakatol.[2] On 20 December 2011, he joined the Jebali Cabinet as Minister of Tourism.[2]
On 19 December 2012, he also took charge of the Ministry of Finance.[7] He is successively assisted by two secretaries of state: Slim Besbes[8] and Chedly Abed.
In the 2014 Tunisian parliamentary election, his party Ettakatol lost all of its previous seats. His party did even worse in the 2019 Tunisian parliamentary election by only getting 0.26 percent of the votes, and currently has no seat in the Assembly of the Representatives of the People.[citation needed]
He had participated in 2019 Tunisian presidential election[9] and got 0.34 % of votes in the first round.[10]
On 20 January 2020, he was appointed head of government by President Kais Saied after consultations with all political parties, 10 days after the previous prime minister-designate, Habib Jemli, failed to gain the confidence of parliament.[11]
The Fakhfakh government gained the confidence of parliament on 27 February 2020.[12]
The Fakhfakh government consisted of 32 members of which six members were from Ennahda (Islamist, 54 out of 217 seats in Parliament), three from Democratic Current (social democrat, 22 MPs), two from People's Movement (15 MPs), two from Tahya Tounes (liberal, 14 MPs), one member from Tunisian Alternative (Liberal, three MPs), one from Nidaa Tounes (Liberal, three MPs) and 17 Independent Politicians.[13][14]
In June 2020, according to Al Jazeera, "an independent member of Parliament published documents indicating that Fakhfakh owned shares in companies that won deals worth 44 million dinars". Fakhfakh denied any wrongdoing. On 15 July 2020, he resigned.[15]
  1. ^ "CIA World Leaders". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Asma Ghribi, Elyes Fakhfakh, #'Tunisia Live, 22 December 2011
  3. ^ a b c d "Elyès Fakhfakh". Leaders.
  4. ^ "Promising political stability, new Tunisian government takes office". Reuters. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Tunisie : Prestation de serment du gouvernement Fakhfakh au palais présidentiel de Carthage (Vidéo)". Kapitalis. February 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "السيرة الذاتية".
  7. ^ "Tunisia's president picks ex-finance minister to form new government". France 24. 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  8. ^ Agencies, NAU-. "Elyes Fakhfakh becomes Finance Minister". eMouaten : Veille informationnelle - English. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  9. ^ "Ettakatol candidate Elyes Fakhfakh submits candidacy for presidential elections". European Forum. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  10. ^ B, S. "Présidentielle – Officiel : Tous les détails sur les résultats préliminaires définitifs | Tunisie Tribune" (in French). Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  11. ^ Ramy Allahoum (21 January 2020). "Tunisia's Saied tasks former finance minister to form new gov't". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Tunisia's parliament approves a coalition government". Middle East Monitor. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Tunisian PM-designate unveils final lineup of new gov't - World - Chinadaily.com.cn". www.chinadaily.com.cn.
  14. ^ "Officiel : La composition du gouvernement Fakhfakh (Vidéo)". Kapitalis. February 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Tunisia risks fresh political deadlock as PM Fakhfakh resigns". Al Jazeera. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
External links
Media related to Elyes Fakhfakh at Wikimedia Commons
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Preceded by
Youssef Chahed
Prime Minister of Tunisia
Succeeded by
Hichem Mechichi
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