Ali Laarayedh

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Ali Laarayedh
Head of Government of Tunisia
In office
14 March 2013 – 29 January 2014
President Moncef Marzouki
Preceded by Hamadi Jebali
Succeeded by Mehdi Jomaa
Minister of the Interior
In office
24 December 2011 – 14 March 2013
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali
Preceded by Habib Essid
Succeeded by Lotfi Ben Jeddou
Personal details
Born (1955-08-15) 15 August 1955 (age 61)
Medenine, Tunisia
Political party Ennahda Movement
Spouse(s) Widad Larayedh
Children 3

Ali Laarayedh (Tunisian Arabic: علي العريّض‎, ʿAlī el-ʿArayiḍ; born 15 August 1955) is a Tunisian politician who was Prime Minister of Tunisia from 2013 to 2014. Previously he served in the government as the Minister of the Interior from 2011[1][2][3] to 2013. Following the resignation of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Laarayedh was designated as Prime Minister in February 2013. He is a member of the Ennahda Movement.

Laarayedh resigned on 9 January 2014.[4]

Early life[edit]

Laarayedh was born in Medenine in 1955.[2][5]

Political activism[edit]

Laarayedh was the spokesperson for the Ennahda Movement from 1981 until his arrest in 1990. After he was harassed by the police under President Habib Bourguiba, he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison under President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, during which time he suffered torture. He was, among other techniques, threatened with HIV transfusion. His wife, Wided Lagha, was sexually abused and videotaped by officials from the Ministry of Interior.[2]


On 20 December 2011, after President Ben Ali was deposed, he joined the Jebali Cabinet as Minister of the Interior.[3][6] He vowed to support peace in Tunisia, rejecting religious extremism, tribalism or regionalism.[6] On 22 February 2013, Laarayedh was appointed as Prime Minister after Hamadi Jebali resigned from office.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Laarayedh is married and has three children.[3] His wife is a medical technician.[7]


  1. ^ CIA World Leaders Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c "Ali Larayedh". Tunisia Live. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biographie de M. Ali Laaridh, nouveau ministre de l'interieur". Agence Tunis Afrique Presse. 24 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tunisia’s Islamist PM steps down as unrest mounts". Al Arabiya. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Samti, Farah (22 February 2013). "Ali Laarayedh Tunisia’s New Prime Minister". Tunisia Alive. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Leaders
  7. ^ MacFarquhar, Neil (25 January 2013). "Leading the Tunisian Agency That Once Jailed Him". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Habib Essid
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Lotfi Ben Jeddou
Preceded by
Hamadi Jebali
Head of Government of Tunisia
Succeeded by
Mehdi Jomaa
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hamadi Jebali
Secretary General of the Ennahda Movement