Ridha Grira

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Ridha Grira
رضا قريرة
M. Ridha Grira.jpg
Ridha Grira
Tunisian Minister of Defense
In office
January 14, 2010 – January 27, 2011
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi
Preceded by Kamel Morjane
Succeeded by Abdelkrim Zbidi
Tunisian Minister of State Properties and Property Affairs
In office
April 22, 1999 – January 14, 2010
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Prime Minister Hamed Karoui
Mohamed Ghannouchi
Succeeded by Foued Daghfous
Personal details
Born (1955-08-21) August 21, 1955 (age 60)
Sousse, Tunisia
Nationality Tunisian
Political party Constitutional Democratic Rally
Religion Islam

Ridha Grira (Tunisian Arabic: رضا قريرة‎; born 21 August 1955) is a Tunisian politician.


Academic background[edit]

Grira obtained his baccalaureate from lycée de garçons in Sousse, in June 1974. He then attended Lycée Louis-le-Grand, followed by École centrale Paris where he received a MPhil in Chemical Engineering in 1974. He concurrently studied Law, Economics and Management at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d'Administration where he later graduated with honors.

Political career[edit]

During his political career, M. Grira held several senior administrative positions at the Prime Ministry of Tunisia. In 1991, he was appointed CEO of the Banque Tuniso-Libyenne. He took on the role of General Secretary of the Government. In January 16, 1992, he was assigned the position of General Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry. In April 22, 1999, he was chosen as Minister of State Properties and Land Affairs. On 14 January 2010, he became the Minister of National Defense.


After the ousting of the Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali during the revolution of 2011, Ridha Grira was reappointed by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi to his position within the « national unity government » formed by Mohamed Ghannouchi. This government was strongly opposed by the people due to its composition of prominent figures of the former regime and the Constitutional Democratic Rally.At that time M.Grira was the president of the Manar II (Tunis) unit a position he held since 1994. As a result, the of the pressure from the protesters M. Grira resigned from Constitutional Democratic Rally party in January 20. Despite the continuous efforts by the new government, the protesters continued to voice their displease with its current members. As a result, M. Grira resigned from the government in January 27, 2011.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Republic
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of 7 November