Position: Prime minister
Biography: Hamadi Jebali is secretary-general of the Ennahda movement, a moderate Islamist party. He was appointed prime minister on 14 December 2011, following his party’s success in the election.
The party was legalised in the wake of the Tunisian revolution of January 2011, having being banned under the Ben Ali regime. He was previously director and editor-in-chief of Al-Fajr, Ennahda’s former weekly newspaper. In November 1990, Jebali was sentenced to a year in prison by a military court on the charge of defaming a judicial institution after publishing an article critical of the use of military courts.
He was accused in 1992, along with 170 other Ennahda sympathisers, of attempting to overthrow Ben Ali to establish an Islamic state. Jebali was sentenced in August 1992 to 16 years in prison. He has bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in photovoltaic engineering.
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