Mehdi Jomaa

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Mehdi Jomaa
Mehdi Jomaa 2013-06-18.jpg
Head of Government of Tunisia
In office
29 January 2014 – 6 February 2015
President Moncef Marzouki
Beji Caid Essebsi
Preceded by Ali Laarayedh
Succeeded by Habib Essid
Minister of Industry
In office
14 March 2013 – 29 January 2014
Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh
Preceded by Mohamed Lamine Chakhari
Succeeded by Kamel Ben Naceur
Personal details
Born (1962-03-21) 21 March 1962 (age 55)
Mahdia, Tunisia
Political party Independent
Alma mater Tunis El Manar University

Mehdi Jomaa (born 21 April 1962) is a Tunisian engineer and was the acting Prime Minister of Tunisia from 29 January 2014[1] to 6 February 2015.[2] He was chosen on 14 December 2013.[3] Jomaa was Minister of Industry in the Ali Laarayedh government.[4]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 21 April 1962 in Mahdia, Tunisia. He graduated from the National Engineering School, Tunis in 1998.[5] He is an engineer by profession. He also holds a postgraduate degree in structural mechanics and in modeling.[5] He spent most of his career at Hutchinson and at Total.[5] He is married and has five children.[6] He was a general manager at Hutchinson Aerospace when he quit his job.[7]

Political life[edit]

After Hamadi Jebali asked him to be part of his government, he quit his professional career[8] to contribute to the country's transition into democracy[7] after the crackdown of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali government in the 2011 uprising. He did not belong to any political party; he was an Independent. On 13 March 2013, he became Minister of Industry in a coalition government led by Ennahda after Ali Laarayedh appealed him to be part of his government.[9] After the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi in July, there had been a political deadlock.[10] To ease the situation, parties entered a national dialogue which was held for weeks; on 14 December 2013, both ruling and opposition parties agreed to choose Jomaa as the interim Prime Minister until the next election.[4] His government was technocratic.[8] The leftist Popular Front coalition doubted whether he could handle the present situation.[8] His caretaker government carried out the process for new elections and attempted to deal with the economic issues.[8]

After Prime Minister Habib Essid took office in February 2015, Mehdi Jomaa spent a year away from political life until in early February 2016 he announced the formation of a think-tank and political program dubbed "Tunisia Alternatives".[11] A year later, in March 2017, he converted Tunisia Alternatives into a political party.[12]


  1. ^ "Tunisia’s new government of independents sworn in". Daily News Egypt. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tunisia's secularists and Islamists form new government". BBC News. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mehdi Jomaa Chosen to Become New Prime Minister". Tunisia Live. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tunisia Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa to be new PM". BBC News. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Mehdi Jomaa". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tunisia's PM-designate is a little-known newcomer". Daily News Egypt. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Qui est Mehdi Jomaâ, nouveau ministre de l'Industrie" (in French). Leaders. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Ben Bouazza, Bouazza (14 December 2013). "Tunisia Chooses New PM to Replace Islamist Gov't". The Evening Sun. Hanover, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mehdi Jomaa, nouveau chef du gouvernement tunisien" (in French). FRANCE 24. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Parties Agree on Leader Ahead of Vote in Tunisia". The New York Times. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mehdi Jomaa's Comeback: 'Tunisia Alternatives'". Tunisia-tn. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  12. ^ Frida Dahmani, "Tunisie : Mehdi Jomâa lance son parti politique", Jeune Afrique, 29 March 2017 (in French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Laarayedh
Head of Government of Tunisia
Succeeded by
Habib Essid