Chadlia Fahrat Essebsi

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Chadlia Fahrat Essebsi
Chadlia Caid Essebsi.jpg
Chadlia Saïda Farhat during the 1950s
First Lady of Tunisia
In office
31 December 2014 – 25 July 2019
PresidentBeji Caid Essebsi
Preceded byBéatrice Marzouki [ar]
Succeeded bySiren Ennaceur [fr]
Personal details
Chadlia Saïda Farhat

(1936-08-01)1 August 1936
Tunis, Tunisia
Died15 September 2019(2019-09-15) (aged 83)
Tunis, Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi
(m. 1958; died 2019)

Chadlia Saïda Farhat Essebsi (Arabic: شاذلية سعيدة فرحات السبسي‎; 1 August 1936 – 15 September 2019) was the First Lady of Tunisia (2014–2019) as the wife of President Beji Caid Essebsi.[1][2] She was Tunisia's fifth first lady, as well as the second following the Tunisian Revolution.[1]


Farhat was born on 1 August 1936.[1] She married Beji Caid Essebsi, a lawyer and politician ten years her senior, on 8 February 1958.[3] The couple had four children: two daughters, Amel and Salwa, and two sons, Mohamed Hafedh and Khélil.[1]

Farhat Essebsi became First Lady of Tunisia on 31 December 2014 upon the inauguration of her husband as president. She reportedly disliked the idea of moving to Carthage Palace, the official Presidential Palace, as it was at a distance from her family.[1] As first lady, she assumed a higher profile, both in public and behind-the-scenes, than her immediate predecessor, first lady Béatrice Marzouki [ar].[2][4][5]


Farhat Essebsi died of a heart attack on 15 September 2019, aged 83, less than two months after her husband and on the same day as a national election to determine President Essebsi's permanent successor.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Les premières déclarations de la Première Dame de Tunisie, Chadlia Saïda Caïd Essebsi". 2015-01-08. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  2. ^ a b "Saïda Chelbia Farhat, la nouvelle première dame de Tunisie". Kapitalis. 2015-01-04. Archived from the original on 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  3. ^ "Annuaire des Personnalités: Béji Caïd Essebsi". 2015-09-19. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  4. ^ "Queen Rania meets with Tunisian first lady, attends roundtable discussion". Jordan Times. 2019-02-03. Archived from the original on 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  5. ^ "Did First lady take Ridha Belhaj's scalp?". Africa Intelligence. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  6. ^ "Former Tunisian president's widow dies". Xinhua. 15 September 2019.