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Mustapha Ben Jafar
مصطفى بن جعفر
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President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
22 November 2011 – 2 December 2014
Preceded by Sahbi Karoui (Acting President of the Chamber of Deputies)
Mekki Aloui (Acting President of the Chamber of Advisors)
Succeeded by Mohamed Ennaceur (President of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People)
Minister of Health
In office
17 January 2011 – 27 January 2011
President Fouad Mebazaa (Acting)
Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi
Preceded by Mondher Zenaidi
Succeeded by Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane
Secretary General of Ettakatol
Assumed office
25 October 2002
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born (1940-12-08) 8 December 1940 (age 75)
Tunis, Tunisia
Political party Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties
Religion Sunni Islam

Mustapha Ben Jafar (مصطفى بن جعفر) (born 8 December 1940) is a Tunisian politician and doctor who was President of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia from November 2011 to December 2014. He founded and has led the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (FDTL), a political party, since 1994.


Ben Jafar was born in 1940 in Tunis. He attended Sadiki College from 1950–1956, then studied medicine in France to become a radiologist. In 1970 he returned to Tunisia, joined the University of Tunis's medical faculty and worked also at the university hospital. In 1976 he was one of the founders of a weekly opinion magazine and an organization that evolved into the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH).

In 1978 he joined others to start a political party, the Movement of Socialist Democrats (MDS). The MDS was the largest opposition party as of 1991 and the ruling party made an apparent attempt to work with the MDS as a "participatory opposition." Ben Jafar was the secretary-general of the MDS in 1992, and ran for the top MDS office, but lost to Mohamed Moadda, and resigned from the party because it seemed to have cooperated with the ruling party so much (receiving a government subsidy and accommodations) and achieved so little.[1]

In 1994 Ben Jafar founded the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties party (abbreviated FDTL and also called Ettakatol). It was not legally recognized until 2002. He attempted to run for the presidency in 2009 as the FDTL candidate but was disqualified and was in any case widely understood to have no chance to win against the established authoritarian incumbent president Ben Ali.[2]

Post-revolutionary life[edit]

Turbulent protests in January 2011 drove President Ben Ali from the country, and Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi included Ben Jafar as Minister of Health in an interim government beginning 17 January 2011.[3][4] Along with other minority party members, Ben Jafar resigned within days as public protests continued against the continued dominance of the RCD party in government. Ben Jafar was succeeded as health minister by Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane.[5]

In the October 2011 elections to the Constituent Assembly Ben Jafar's party placed fourth and he was elected to a seat in the Constituent Assembly. Supported by his own party, Ben Jafar was considered a possible candidate for President in the wake of the election, receiving open consideration from Ennahda, which had received a plurality of seats.[6] The leading parties agreed instead on a power-sharing arrangement according to which Ben Jafar would be named President of the Constituent Assembly. He was elected to that post by the Assembly when it met on 22 November 2011, receiving 145 votes against 68 for opposition candidate Maya Jribi.[7]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Sahbi Karoui
as President of the Chamber of Deputies
President of the Constituent Assembly
Succeeded by
Mohamed Ennaceur
as President of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People
Preceded by
Mekki Aloui
as President of the Chamber of Advisors

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Middle East Monitor

Middle East Monitor
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:17:59 -0800

In early 2011, a wave of protests spread across the Middle East. Large numbers of demonstrators took to the streets to express frustration with ageing and corrupt dictators, under whom unemployment and poverty were widespread. Prices were rising ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:12:09 -0700

6, 2013, Constituent Assembly President Mustapha Ben Jafar decided to suspend the work of the country's highest institution in order to force the ruling parties and the opposition to engage in dialogue. Faced with this stalemate, Houcine Abassi, the ...

al-Akhbar English

al-Akhbar English
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:19:49 -0700

... other political parties that became prominent after the fall of the previous regime, parties that came ahead in the last election, such as the Democratic Forum for Labor and Liberties (FDTL) headed by Speaker of the Constituent Assembly Mustapha ...

Middle East Eye

Middle East Eye
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:17:38 -0700

The Democratic Forum for Labor and Liberties Party, for its part, said it would back the head of Tunisia's Constituent Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jafar, in the elections, while Hamma Hammami, leader of the Popular Front, said during National Day ...

Financial Times

Financial Times
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:17:06 -0800

“This constitution, without being perfect, is one of consensus,” Mustapha Ben Jafar, the assembly speaker said after the vote. “We had today a new rendezvous with history to build a democracy founded on rights and equality.” The drafting process often ...

Tunisia Live

Tunisia Live
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:12:45 -0700

Ettakatol president Mustapha Ben Jafar was elected as speaker of NCA, where he continues to serve. The votes of the activists will now be up for other parties to recuperate. Belkadhi, who has been with the party for nine years and was involved in the ...

Sputnik International

Sputnik International
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:04:22 -0800

Opposition leaders, including Ahmed Ibrahim, leader of the Ettajdid (Renewal) Party, and Mustapha Ben Jafar, leader of the Democratic Forum for Labor and Liberties, joined the government. Ahmed Najib Chebbi, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, ...


Sun, 16 Jan 2011 02:58:42 -0800

Among those Abid said would be joining the government was Mustapha Ben Jafar, who is expected to serve as health minister. Earlier, Jafar said opposition leaders don't want to be a fig leaf for the ruling party, but want an active role in running ...

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