Quotes by: Beji Caid Essebsi

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Beji Caid Essebsi
الباجي قائد السبسي
5th President of Tunisia
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 December 2014
Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa
Habib Essid
Youssef Chahed
Preceded by Moncef Marzouki
Prime Minister of Tunisia
In office
27 February 2011 – 24 December 2011
President Fouad Mebazaa (Acting)
Moncef Marzouki
Preceded by Mohamed Ghannouchi
Succeeded by Hamadi Jebali (as head of government)
President of Chamber of Deputies
In office
14 March 1990 – 9 October 1991
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Preceded by Slaheddine Baly
Succeeded by Habib Boularès
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
15 April 1981 – 15 September 1986
Prime Minister Mohammed Mzali
Rachid Sfar
Preceded by Hassen Belkhodja
Succeeded by Hédi Mabrouk
Personal details
Born Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi
(1926-11-29) 29 November 1926 (age 90)
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Political party Neo Destour/PSD/RCD (1941-2011)
Independent (2011-2012)
Call of Tunisia (2012-present)
Spouse(s) Chadlia Saïda Farhat
Children Amel
Mohamed Hafedh
Salwa
Khélil
Religion Islam[1]

There is no future for Tunisia without consensus among political parties and members of civil society.
Beji Caid Essebsi
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.
Beji Caid Essebsi
The Tunisian people will not bow. We will stay united against terrorism until we wipe out this phenomenon.
Beji Caid Essebsi
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.
Beji Caid Essebsi
The democratic process is always vulnerable and threatened by terrorists, by parties that do not believe in democracy.
Beji Caid Essebsi
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.
Beji Caid Essebsi
We respect every religion. Everyone is free to practice his religion freely... In the Tunisian parliament, we have even Jews.
Beji Caid Essebsi
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.
Beji Caid Essebsi
There is no dignity without work. You can't tell someone who has nothing to eat to stay patient.
Beji Caid Essebsi
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