Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ennahda's Presidential Plans

Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party, has said the party will probably not field a presidential candidate:
Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi said that he does not expect his party to field a candidate in the upcoming elections, according to an account of his remarks made Wednesday in the United States...

Even after upcoming elections, Ghannouchi said, a majority victory will not be enough for any party to govern Tunisia.

“During transitional periods, a 51 percent majority is not sufficient to have a stable government and a stable democracy,” he said. “We believe that the country will need a coalition government that brings together the main parties in the country.”
That last quote seems like an almost direct reflection on what happened in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood took the 51% vote for their presidential candidate as a mandate for him to implement something like the full MB agenda instead of just manage the transition.



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