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Souad Abderrahim
Souad Abderrahim (born 1964) is a Tunisian politician. She was elected as the mayor of Tunis, Tunisia's capital, on July 3, 2018.[1] She is a member of the Islamist Ennahda Movement, and the first woman to serve as Tunis's mayor.[2]
Souad Abderrahim
Mayor of Tunis
Assumed office
July 3, 2018
Preceded bySeifallah Lasram
Personal details
Political partyEnnahda Movement
Life
She is a native of Métouia.[3] She studied at the Lycée Khaznadar in the suburbs of Tunis. She wore the veil during her years of study at the Faculty of Medicine of Monastir. She began to campaign and meet with activists such as Ajmi Lourimi, who later became a member of Ennahdha's political bureau. She was also a member of the executive Board of the Tunisian General Union of Students (UGTE).[4]
Her militant involvement earned her 15 days of imprisonment in 1985, while she tried to calm a violent quarrel between students. She was forced to leave the faculty and later resumed her studies in pharmacy at Monastir. In 1991, she began a militant course; her activism earned her an arrest and imprisonment as an opponent of the régime.[5]
She did not start overt political activity until after the 14 January 2011 revolution.[6]
She joined the Islamist party Ennahdha, following a meeting of the UGTE, over which she presided and where party leaders were present. The political bureau of Ennahdha then contacted her to bring her into the party.[7][8]
On 23 October 2011, she was elected to the Constituent Assembly, for Ennahdha representing of Tunis. She chairs the parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms.
On 9 November 2011, she declared in a debate on Monte Carlo Doualiya that freedoms must be "framed by customs, traditions and respect for good morals"; she illustrated her point by denouncing single mothers, "an infamy, a plague on Tunisian society", which "should not aspire to a legal framework that protects their rights".[9] She was then dubbed "Souad Palin", in reference to Sarah Palin.[4]
She was an Ennahdha candidate for the City Council of Tunis in the municipal elections of 2018.[10] On 3 July, she was elected by 26 votes of the Municipality Council members, with 22 voting against. She became the first woman elected mayor of Tunis and the first Arab woman to hold such a position.[11]
References
  1. ^ "Islamist-backed candidate becomes first woman mayor of Tunis". France 24. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.dw.com/en/islamist-supported-candidate-becomes-first-female-mayor-of-tunis/a-44507991
  3. ^​https://allafrica.com/stories/201811270372.html
  4. ^ a b "Qui est Souad Abderrahim, la probable future maire de Tunis ?". RTL.fr (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  5. ^ "Portrait : Souad Abderrahim, le revers de la médaille !". businessnews.com.tn.
  6. ^ "Tunisie : Souad Abderrahim, le pasionaria d'Ennahdha se dévoile – JeuneAfrique.com". JeuneAfrique.com (in French). 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  7. ^ "La Tunisie s'attend à une percée islamiste". FIGARO (in French). 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  8. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Tunisia's Ennahda party seeks modern image | DW | 30.09.2011". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  9. ^ "Tunisie - Les bonnes moeurs selon Souad Abderrahim". businessnews.com.tn.
  10. ^ "Municipales: Souad Abderrahim candidate d'Ennahda pour être "Cheikhet El Médina" | Réalités Online". Toutes les dernières News en Tunisie et dans le monde (in French). 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  11. ^ "Souad Abderrahim, première femme à accéder au poste de maire de Tunis". Le Monde.fr (in French). Retrieved 2018-07-04.
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