Habib Essid appointed Prime Minister


Tunisia’s new President, Beji Caid Essebsi, who was sworn in to office on 31st December 2014 has appointed a fellow former member of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime as the new Prime Minister.

Habib Essid, who served as interior minister under Ben Ali, was appointed as Prime Minister on Monday. He will take up his new appointment on 14th January.

Habib Essid (65) has a Master’s degree in Economics from Tunis University and a further Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1971. He is a career public servant having joined the Ministry of Agriculture working his way up to Cabinet Director in the Ministry (1975 – 1980). From 1980 – 1988 he was CEO of the Office of Development of irrigated perimeters of Gafsa and Jerid and in 1989 became Chief of Agricultural Development of Bizerte.

In 1993, until 1997, Mr Essid was made Chief of Staff of the Minister of Agriculture and in 1997 became Chief of Staff in the Ministry of the Interior. In 2001 he was appointed Secretary of State to the Minister of Agriculture responsible for fisheries and in 2002 became Secretary of State to the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources in charge environmental affairs.

From June 2003 – November 2004 Mr Essid was Chairman and Managing Director of Pipeline across the Sahara (TRAPSA) and from 2004 – 2010 was Executive Director of the International Olive Oil Council based in Madrid (Spain). In March 2011 he became Minister of the Interior until December of that year. After that he became Security Adviser to interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.

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