Rafik Abdessalem

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Rafik Abdessalem
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 December 2011 – 14 March 2013
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali
Preceded by Mouldi Kefi
Succeeded by Othman Jerandi
Personal details
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Nationality Tunisian
Alma mater Mohammed V University]

Rafik Ben Abdessalem Bouchlaka is a Tunisian politician. He serves as the minister of foreign affairs under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.[1][2][3]


Abdessalem received a B.A. in philosophy from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.


From 1987 to 1990, Abdessalem was a member of the executive office of the Union Générale des Etudiants de Tunisie (UGET).[2][3] In London, he founded the Maghreb Center for Research and Translation, and chaired the London Platform for Dialogue.[2][3] He was also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.[2][3] He worked as senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies Office at the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.[2][3] He is a member of the Centre Union Process.[2][3] He has published two books and many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat.[3]

He is a member of the Ennahda Movement, and the party leader Rached Ghannouchi's son-in-law.[2][4] On 20 December 2011, after former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was deposed, he joined the Jebali Cabinet as minister of foreign affairs.[2][3]


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