TUNIS, Tunisia

Over the past decade, Elias Fakhfakh was not far from the public scene in Tunisia, where he served first as tourism and then finance minister after the 2011 Jasmine Revolution uprising that deposed long-ruling President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. 

Born in commercial hub town of Sfax, Fakhfakh, 48, was announced on Monday as the country’s new premier after President Qais Saeed gave him a mandate to form the government.

He appeared satisfied last Saturday during his meeting with Saeed at Carthage Palace, amid ongoing consultations to choose the next prime minister.

Fakhfakh belongs to the Democratic Current

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