National Salvation Front (Tunisia)

The “National Salvation Front” in Tunisia (NSFT) is a Tunisian political group headed by Ahmed Najib Chebbi, founded on 31 May 2022, 10 months after the political crisis in Tunisia.[1] The Front includes several Tunisian political entities who oppose actions taken by President Kais Saied, including his suspension of the House of Representatives as well as other measures which the Front considers a coup against legitimate political rule. Among the front's participants are Ennahda Movement, Amal Movement, Tunisia Movement of Will, Dignity Coalition and Heart of Tunisia, Citizens’ Movement against the Coup, the Democratic Initiative, the National Salvation Meeting, the Tunisian Movement for Democracy, the Meeting for Tunisia, the Youth Meeting for Democracy and Social Justice, and the Coordination of Parliament Representatives.[citation needed] In April 2024, the National Salvation Front coalition announced that it was boycotting the 2024 presidential election, denouncing an “electoral farce”.[2]

National Salvation Front
LeaderAhmed Najib Chebbi
PresidiumSamira al-Shawashi
Johar bin Mubarak
Ridha Belhaj
Riad Al-Shuaibi
Omar Al-Saifawi
Samir Dilou
Yousry Al-Dali
Sami Al-Shabi
Mohammed Amin Al-Saeedani
Founded31 May 2022
IdeologyAnti-Kais Saied
Big tent

Executive Body


It was announced that the executive body of the Front includes Ahmed Najib Chebbi, Samira al-Shawashi, Johar bin Mubarak, Rida Belhaj, Riad Al-Shuaibi, Omar Al-Saifawi, Samir Dilou, Yousry Al-Dali, Sami Al-Shabi, and Mohammed Amin Al-Saeedani.[citation needed]

Democracy and Ennahda


NSFT have been accused of siding with Ennahda Movement and trying and bring it back to the political scene. On 20 August 2022, Najib Chebbi denied the claim that the front was trying to bring Ennahda back to power, and said that the front's ultimate objective is to restore democracy in the country.[3]


Name Leader Ideology Position
Ennahda Rached Ghannouchi Islamic democracy Centre-right
Al Amal Selma Elloumi Rekik Bourguibism N/A
Movement Party Moncef Marzouki Social democracy Centre-left
Dignity Coalition Seifeddine Makhlouf Islamism Far-right
Heart of Tunisia Nabil Karoui Bourguibism Centre
Citizens’ Movement against the Coup N/A Anti-Kais Saied N/A
Democratic Initiative N/A N/A N/A
National Salvation Meeting N/A N/A N/A
Tunisian Movement for Democracy N/A N/A N/A
Meeting for Tunisia N/A N/A N/A
Youth Meeting for Democracy and Social Justice N/A N/A N/A
Coordination of Parliament Representatives N/A N/A N/A


  1. ^ "Tunisia: The National Salvation Front pledges to overthrow the "coup" of Kais Saied and the General Labor Union carries out a general strike on June 16". Al Jazeera (in Arabic). 2022-05-31. Archived from the original on 2022-06-05. Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  2. ^ "Tunisie: le mouvement d'opposition du Front du salut national annonce boycotter la présidentielle". Radio France International (in French). 2024-05-01. Retrieved 2024-05-01.
  3. ^ "Tunisia National Salvation Front: 'We do not seek to restore Ennahda to power'". Middle East Monitor. 20 August 2022. Retrieved 21 August 2022. Head of the Tunisian National Salvation Front Ahmed Najib Chebbi has denied that the front has attempted to restore the Ennahda Movement to power, pointing out that the goal of establishing the front is to restore democracy in the country. Chebbi also believes that the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) is attacking the front to get close to President Kais Saied.