Ahmed Najib Chebbi
|Ahmed Najib Chebbi|
|Regional Development Minister|
17 January 2011 – 7 March 2011
|President||Fouad Mebazaa (Acting)|
|Prime Minister||Mohamed Ghannouchi|
|Preceded by||Ahmed Friaa|
|Succeeded by||Abderrazak Zouari|
30 July 1944 |
|Political party||Democratic Progressive Party|
|Website||PDP Website (English)|
Chebbi is a prominent figure of the Tunisian opposition movement; in 1983, he founded the Democratic Progressive Party, which gained legal recognition in 1988. He is currently the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party. In 2006, Maya Jribi became the party's secretary-general, the first woman to hold such office in Tunisia. In 2009 Chebbi attempted to run as a candidate for President of Tunisia but was barred from running.
In response to former authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's statement during the 2010–2011 Tunisian protests promising 300,000 new jobs would be created and criticizing the protests, Chebbi said that despite official claims of police firing in self-defense that "the demonstrations were non-violent and the youths were claiming their rights to jobs" and that "the funeral processions [for those killed on January 9] turned into demonstrations, and the police fired [at] the youths who were at these .. processions." He then criticised Ben Ali's comments as the protesters were "claiming their civil rights, and there is no terrorist act...no religious slogans," while accusing Ben Ali of "looking for scapegoats." He further criticised the additional jobs offered as mere "promises."
Following the ousting of Ben Ali on 14 January 2011, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi contacted Chebbi and other opposition leaders in hopes of creating a coalition government until elections can be held. Chebbi "said he demanded parliamentary elections be held within six or seven months."
On 15 January 2011, Chebbi was noted by Al Jazeera as one of three potential successors (the only one mentioned not to have been part of the Ben Ali government) to become President of Tunisia following the proposed 2011 general election to occur within six months. It noted however that "if he is to be a contender in the next presidential election, he will need to widen his appeal."
- Randeree, Bilal (10 January 2011). "Tunisian leader promises new jobs". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
- Ben Bouazza, Bouazza (29 December 2010). "Tunisian minister is fired after unrest". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- Kirkpatrick, David D. (12 January 2011). "Protests Spread to Tunisia’s Capital, and a Curfew Is Decreed". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- New Tunisian Leadership To Form Government After Protests Oust President - Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty - 16 January 2011
- "Ben Ali's possible successors". Al Jazeera English. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.