Abdelwahab Abdallah

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Abdelwahab Abdallah
عبد الوهاب عبد الله
Abdelwahab Abdallah with Condoleezza Rice.jpg
Abdelwahab Abdallah with Condoleezza Rice
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia
In office
17 August 2005 – 14 January 2010
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Preceded by Abdelbaki Hermassi
Succeeded by Kamel Morjane
Minister of Information of Tunisia
In office
President Habib Bourguiba
Personal details
Born (1940-02-14) 14 February 1940 (age 77)
Monastir, Tunisia
Spouse(s) Alya Abdallah
Religion Islam

Abdelwahab Abdallah (Tunisian Arabic: عبد الوهاب عبد الله‎; born 14 February 1940) is a Tunisian politician and diplomat who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia and was advisor to the President.[1]

Early life[edit]

Abdallah was born in Monastir, Tunisia on 14 February 1940.[2]


Before Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was elected the president in 1987, Abdallah was the Minister of Information of Tunisia under Habib Bourguiba. Abdallah was in office until 1988.[2] From 1988 to 1990 he served as the Ambassador of Tunisia to Great Britain.[2] As a member of Constitutional Democratic Rally, he was a close aid to the president of Tunisia since 1990 on economic issues.[1] and led several Tunisian press agencies. He became foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle on 17 August 2005. His successor, Kamel Morjane was appointed Foreign Minister of Tunisia by President Ben Ali on 14 January 2010.[3]

Following Tunisian protests in 2010-2011, he was removed from his post on 13 January 2011.[4] Abdallah was subsequently put under house arrest on 24 January 2011 while the investigations are ongoing.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Abdallah's wife, Alya Abdallah, was appointed president of Banque de Tunisie (BT) in April 2008.[7]


  1. ^ a b Larbi Sadiki (27 September 2010). "Bin Ali Baba Tunisia's last bey?". Al Jazeera. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Abdallah, Abdelwahab". Rulers. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Positive Signals from The GOT Represent Opportunity for the U.s.". Wikileaks. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tunisia's president vows prices' slash, media freedom". Al Arabiya. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ben Ali allies detained". Post Gazette. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ben Ali's Two Former Ministers were Arrested". 24 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tunisia". Wikileaks. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2013.