Kamel Morjane

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Kamel Morjane
كمال مرجان
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Morjane at the Pentagon in 2008
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia
In office
January 14, 2010 – January 27, 2011
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi
Preceded by Abdelwahab Abdallah
Succeeded by Ahmed Ounaies
Minister of Defense of Tunisia
In office
August 17, 2005 – January 14, 2010
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi
Preceded by Hédi M'henni
Succeeded by Ridha Grira
Personal details
Born (1948-05-09) May 9, 1948 (age 69)
Hammam Sousse, Tunisia
Political party The Initiative (since 2011)
RCD (1988-2011)
PSD (1964-1988)
Neo Destour (before 1964)
Religion Sunni Islam

Kamel Morjane, also spelled Kemal Mourjan, (Arabic: كمال مرجان‎‎; born May 9, 1948) is a Tunisian politician and diplomat who served as Tunisia's Minister of Defense from 2005 to 2010 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2011.

Life and political career[edit]

Morjane was born in Hammam Sousse, Tunisia on May 9, 1948.[1] After getting his bachelor of law degree and his diploma of Public Administration (ENA) from the University of Tunis, he studied International law and graduated from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He obtained a diploma in Emergency management from the University of Wisconsin and a research certificate from the Hague Academy of International Law.[2]

He worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1977 to 1996, and served particularly as Director of Personnel (1988-89), Director for South West Asia North Africa and the Middle East (1990–94), then as Director for Africa (1994–96)[2] He was appointed in October 1996 as Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations and International Organisations in Geneva. In November 1999 he was selected by the UN Secretary General as his Special Representative for the Congo (DRC); his main task was to build up the UN Peacekeeping Mission (MONUC). He had to leave DRC in September 2001 for family reasons and was offered the post of Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees.[3] Between August 17, 2005 and January 14, 2010 he served as Defense Minister of Tunisia. On January 14, 2010, he was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs. After the ouster of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, Morjane was confirmed in the coalition government from which he resigned on January 27, 2011.[4][5] He created a new political party, "Al Moubadara" (The Initiative), on 1 April 2011.

He is an Eminent Member of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Foundation.


  1. ^ www.kamelmorjane.com, "Site official de M. Kamel Morjane", 15 Septembre 2010
  2. ^ a b "Remaniement partiel du gouvernement" (in French). La Presse de Tunisie. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ "A new Assistant High Commissioner". UNHCR. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  4. ^ Douglas Stanglin (2011-01-27). "Tunisian foreign minister resigns; anti-government protests spread to Yemen". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Tunisia's foreign minister quits, state TV announces". CNN. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2011-01-27.