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Fakhfakh
15th Prime Minister of Tunisia
Assumed office
28 February 2020
President Kais Saied
Preceded by Youssef Chahed
Minister of Finance
In office
12 December 2012 – 29 January 2014
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and Ali Larayedh
Preceded by Houcine Dimassi
Succeeded by Hakim Ben Hammouda
Minister of Tourism
In office
24 December 2011 – 13 March 2013
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali
Preceded by Mehdi Houas
Succeeded by Jamel Gamra
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 47–48)
Tunis, Tunisia
Political party Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties
Alma mater Institut 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.. He serves as the current Prime Minister of Tunisia since 27 February 2020 and took office the next day.

Biography

Elyes Fakhfakh was born in Tunis in 1972. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the National Engineering School of Sfax and graduated in 1995. Then he studied Master's at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon. Later on, he had a Master's degree in Business Administration at University of Évry Val d'Essonne.

In 1999, at the age of 27, he started his career as an engineer for the French oil corporation Total S.A.. He worked for Total in Europe, America and Asia, and from 2004 onwards in Poland. In 2004, he joined Cortrel, a Tunisian leaf spring manufacturing company, and later became its Deputy Director General.

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

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.

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.

He had participated in 2019 Tunisian presidential election and got 0.34 % of votes in the first round.

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.

On February 2020, ten parties in parliament approved participating in the negotiations for a new government. The parties included Ennahda (Islamist, 54 out of 217 seats in Parliament), Democratic Current (social democrat, 22 members of Parliament), Dignity Coalition (18 MPs), People's Movement (15 MPs), Tahya Tounes (liberal, 14 MPs), Machrouu Tounes (four MPs), Tunisian Alternative (Liberal, three MPs), Nidaa Tounes (Liberal, three MPs), Republican People's Union (two MPs) and Afek Tounes (two MPs).

The Fakhfakh government gained the confidence of parliament on 27 February 2019.

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