|Beji Caid Essebsi
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|5th President of Tunisia|
31 December 2014
|Prime Minister||Mehdi Jomaa
|Preceded by||Moncef Marzouki|
|Prime Minister of Tunisia|
27 February 2011 â€“ 24 December 2011
|President||Fouad Mebazaa (Acting)
|Preceded by||Mohamed Ghannouchi|
|Succeeded by||Hamadi Jebali (as head of government)|
|President of Chamber of Deputies|
14 March 1990 â€“ 9 October 1991
|President||Zine El Abidine Ben Ali|
|Preceded by||Slaheddine Baly|
|Succeeded by||Habib BoularÃ¨s|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
15 April 1981 â€“ 15 September 1986
|Prime Minister||Mohammed Mzali
|Preceded by||Hassen Belkhodja|
|Succeeded by||HÃ©di Mabrouk|
|Born||Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi
29 November 1926
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
|Political party||Neo Destour/PSD/RCD (1941-2011)
Call of Tunisia (2012-present)
|Spouse(s)||Chadlia SaÃ¯da Farhat|
There is no future for Tunisia without consensus among political parties and members of civil society.
To fight extremism, we will need to pursue a two-pronged strategy: both 'hard,' through stricter control of our borders and a more robust and technologically advanced security response, and 'soft,' based on better intelligence-gathering, working to return our mosques to their spiritual function and barring entry to foreign preachers.
The Tunisian people will not bow. We will stay united against terrorism until we wipe out this phenomenon.
When you are a politician, it means to work for the benefit of the country, not to stay home. In politics, it ends only when one dies.
The democratic process is always vulnerable and threatened by terrorists, by parties that do not believe in democracy.
The future begins today! What is important is what we do today and tomorrow for Tunisia and all its children. We must work hand in hand.
We respect every religion. Everyone is free to practice his religion freely… In the Tunisian parliament, we have even Jews.
I've always maintained there is no incompatibility between Islam and democracy. The Europeans in general confuse Islam and Islamism. Islamism is a political movement that instrumentalises the religion to get to power, which has nothing to do with religion. Islam here in Tunisia is a religion of openness, of tolerance.
There is no dignity without work. You can't tell someone who has nothing to eat to stay patient.