Marlene Hassan Nahon

Marlene Hassan-Nahon is a Gibraltarian historian, journalist and politician, currently serving as a member of the Gibraltar Parliament since 2015.[1]


Marlene Hassan-Nahon

Member of the Parliament of Gibraltar
Assumed office
9 December 2015
Personal details
Born
Marlene Dinah Esther Hassan Bensimon

Gibraltar
Political partyTogether Gibraltar (October 2018-present)
Other political
affiliations
Gibraltar Social Democrats (until May 2016)
Independent (May 2016 – October 2018)
Children4 (Rachel, Joseph, Eve & Noa)
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Websitemarlenehassan.wordpress.com

BiographyEdit

Marlene Hassan Nahon is daughter of the late Chief Minister Sir Joshua Abraham Hassan and his second wife, Marcelle Bensimon, both Jews of Moroccan and Portuguese origin. Her sister, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum is a Barrister and current Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem. She has a BA in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Manchester.[2] She also holds a PostGraduate Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism.

Political careerEdit

After the death of minister Charles Bruzon, she launched herself as a candidate for the Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) in the by-election of 4 July 2013. In a press conference, she stated that she didn't have an agenda (besides the desire to contribute positively to Gibraltar), and said that she was "disappointed" with the policies of the ruling party (the GSLP) and willing to change the composition of the Parliament, where there is an "overwhelming number of lawyers" representing both groups of parties.[3] Hassan Nahon received 39.95% of the total votes cast, but was not elected.[4]

Member of the Parliament of GibraltarEdit

For the Thirteenth elections to the Parliament of Gibraltar, Hassan Nahon ran for a seat, resulting in her being elected on 26 November 2015 for the period starting on 9 December 2015 and ending in 2019. On 19 May 2016, she resigned from the Gibraltar Social Democrats, alluding to "toxic" tensions within the party;[5] she decided to continue as a member of the parliament, albeit as an independent.[6]

On 15 September 2016, during a heated exchange of words in the Parliament of Gibraltar with the Minister of Justice, Gilbert Licudi, he swore at her repeatedly, while the microphone was off, but still clearly audible. The Gibraltar Women's Association, represented by the committee member Zohra El Gharbaoui, questioned the lack of attention to this matter by Gibraltarian government, adding that this was beyond a gender issue, a "complete lack of respect for a fellow MP".[7] On 23 September Licudi issued a public apology to MP Hassan-Nahon.[8]

In 2017 she launched her movement, Together Gibraltar a grassroots civil society platform. On November 2018, the movement democratically voted to transition into a political party. On 24 September 2019 the party signed on for the Gibraltar General Elections.

Together Gibraltar received an unprecedented result at the General Elections with party leader Marlene Hassan achieving the most votes in the Opposition Benches. Together Gibraltar received 21% of the overall votes, only coming 3% behind the current official Opposition.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Composition of Parliament. Gibraltar Parliament
  2. ^ YGTV, ed. (6 June 2013). "June 06 – GSD Present Marlene Hassan-Nahon As By-Election Candidate". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. ^ GSD, ed. (6 June 2013). "Marlene Hassan Nahon statement: GSD MPs in Town tomorrow leafleting". Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ HM Government of Gibraltar (ed.). "The Result-2013" (pdf). Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  5. ^ Hassan Nahon resigns from GSD
  6. ^ May 19 – BREAKING NEWS: GSD’s Marlene Hassan Nahon Resigns
  7. ^ "GWA lays into Licudi over swearing exchange". Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  8. ^ LICUDI APOLOGISES[permanent dead link]

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