Mustapha Ben Jaafar

President National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia

Ben Jaafar has been President oft he Constituent Assembly of Tunisia since November 2011. He briefly held the post of Minister of Health in January 2011 as part of an interim Tunisian government. He attempted to run for the presidency in 2009 as the candidate of the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties, which he founded in 1994. He was the secretary-general oft he Movement of Socialist Democrats (MDS) in 1992. The MDS, started by Ben Jaafar and others in 1978, was the largest opposition party as of 1991. In 1976 he was one oft he founders of a weekly opinion magazine and an organization that evolved into the Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH). In 1970 Ben Jaafar returned to Tunisia, after studying medicine in France to become a radiologist, joined the University of Tunis’s medical faculty and also worked at the university hospital.