Tunisia’s Islamists: Will the Honeymoon Period End in the Next Elections?
The Islamist Ennahda Party is in control in Tunisia. After being denied political rights under the Ben Ali dictatorship for almost a quarter century, and a severe crackdown of its members, the Ennahda Party won the majority of seats in the Tunisian interim parliament called the Constituent Assembly, or National Constituent Assembly (NCA), following elections that took place on October 23, 2011.
As Ennahda officials pave their way into governance, all eyes are focused on them. They are being scrutinized to see whether they will lead Tunisia into another Iran-like system or they will adopt the Turkish model. Many Tunisians see a third way, perhaps by creating a truly unique Tunisian model. Some hope that setting aside ideology, the economic model would at least remain unchanged.
Despite many Tunisians fearing the religious-leaning political party take over the reign of power, Ennahda leaders have displayed a rather conciliatory language to assure the Tunisians that they will uphold their fundamental rights. Speaking of the challenges ahead, Ennahda leaders often like to use expressions like “we the Tunisians” as opposed to “we Ennahda.” A Tunisian solution with a broad consensus is what these new breed of leaders say they will seek. Continue here | Click here to subscribe