Marlene Hassan Nahon

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The Honorable
Marlene Hassan-Nahon
Member of the Parliament of Gibraltar
Assumed office
9 December 2015
Personal details
Born Marlene Dinah Esther Hassan Bensimon
Political party Gibraltar Social Democrats (Until May 2016)
Independent (May 2016 – present)
Spouse(s) Michael Nahon
Children 4
Alma mater University of Manchester

Marlene Hassan-Nahon (born in 1976) is a Gibraltarian historian, journalist and politician, currently serving as a member of the Gibraltar Parliament since 2015.[1] She is married and has four children.


Marlene Hassan Nahon is daughter of the late Chief Minister Sir Joshua Abraham Hassan and his second wife, Marcelle Bensimon, both Jews of Moroccan origin. She has a BA in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Manchester, and is currently a postgraduate student in journalism at the London School of Journalism.[2]

Political career[edit]

After the death of minister Charles Bruzon, she launched herself as a candidate for the Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) in the by-election of 4 July 2013. In a press conference, she stated that she didn't have an agenda (besides the desire to contribute positively to Gibraltar), and said that she was "disappointed" with the policies of the ruling party (the GSLP) and willing to change the composition of the Parliament, where there is an "overwhelming number of lawyers" representing both groups of parties.[3] Nahon received 39.95% of the total votes cast, but was not elected.[4]

Member of the Parliament of Gibraltar[edit]

For the Thirteenth elections to the Parliament of Gibraltar, Hassan Nahon ran for a seat, resulting in her being elected on 26 November 2015 for the period starting on 9 December 2015 and ending in 2019. On 19 May 2016, she resigned from the Gibraltar Social Democrats, alluding to "toxic" tensions within the party;[5] she decided to continue as a member of the parliament, albeit as an independent.[6]

On September 15, 2016, during a heated exchange of words in the Parliament of Gibraltar with the Minister of Justice, Gilbert Licudi, he swore at her repeatedly, while the microphone was off, but still clearly audible. The Gibraltar Women's Association, represented by the committee member Zohra El Gharbaoui, questioned the lack of attention to this matter by Gibraltarian government, adding that this was beyond a gender issue, a "complete lack of respect for a fellow MP".[7] On September 23, Licudi issued a public apology to MP Hassan-Nahon.[8]


  1. ^ Composition of Parliament. Gibraltar Parliament
  2. ^ YGTV, ed. (6 June 2013). "June 06 – GSD Present Marlene Hassan-Nahon As By-Election Candidate". Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ GSD, ed. (6 June 2013). "Marlene Hassan Nahon statement: GSD MPs in Town tomorrow leafleting". Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ HM Government of Gibraltar (ed.). "The Result-2013" (pdf). Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Hassan Nahon resigns from GSD
  6. ^ May 19 – BREAKING NEWS: GSD’s Marlene Hassan Nahon Resigns
  7. ^ GWA lays into Licudi over swearing exchange

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