Elyes Fakhfakh

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Elyes Fakhfakh
إلياس الفخفاخ
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15th Prime Minister of Tunisia
Assumed office
27 February 2020[1]
PresidentKais Saied
Preceded byYoussef Chahed
Minister of Finance
In office
12 December 2012 – 29 January 2014
Prime MinisterHamadi Jebali and 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 47–48)
Tunis, Tunisia
Political partyDemocratic Forum for Labour and Liberties
Alma materInstitut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon
University of Évry Val d'Essonne

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.[2][3][4] He has served as the current Prime Minister of Tunisia since 28 February 2020.[5]


Elyes Fakhfakh was born in Tunis in 1972.[4] 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.[3] 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..[3] He worked for Total in Europe, America and Asia, and from 2004 onwards in Poland.[4] In 2004, he joined Cortrel, a Tunisian leaf spring manufacturing company, and later became its Deputy Director General.[3][4]

He is a member of Ettakatol.[3] On 20 December 2011, he joined the Jebali Cabinet as Minister of Tourism.[3]

On 19 December 2012, he also took charge of the Ministry of Finance. He is successively assisted by two secretaries of state: Slim Besbes and Chedly Abed.[citation needed]

In the 2014 Tunisian parliamentary election, his party Ettakatol lost all of its previous seats. His party did even worse in 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 and got 0.34 % of votes in the first round.[citation needed]

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.[7]

The Fakhfakh government gained the confidence of parliament on 27 February 2020.[8]

Fakhfakh government consists of 32 members of which six members 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.[9] [10]


  1. ^ http://kapitalis.com/tunisie/2020/02/27/tunisie-prestation-de-serment-du-gouvernement-fakhfakh-au-palais-presidentiel-de-carthage-video/
  2. ^ "CIA World Leaders". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Asma Ghribi, Elyes Fakhfakh, #'Tunisia Live, 22 December 2011
  4. ^ a b c d "Elyès Fakhfakh". Leaders.
  5. ^ "Promising political stability, new Tunisian government takes office". Reuters. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b "السيرة الذاتية".
  7. ^ Ramy Allahoum (21 January 2020). "Tunisia's Saied tasks former finance minister to form new gov't". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Tunisia's parliament approves a coalition government". Middle East Monitor. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202002/20/WS5e4debbea310128217278ea8.html
  10. ^ http://kapitalis.com/tunisie/2020/02/19/officiel-la-composition-du-gouvernement-fakhfakh-video/

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