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Monday, December 5, 2011

Ghannouchi's Interview at Foreign Policy

Tunisian al-Nahda leader Rached Ghannouchi has given an interview to Marc Lynch and the editors at Foreign Policy's Middle East channel. Read it all, but note in particular his advice to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood:

"I think the Muslim Brotherhood [in Egypt] should govern by coalition that includes the people from secular parties and the Copts." That was the advice which Rached Ghannouchi, President of Tunisia's el-Nahda Party, offered his Egyptian Islamist counterparts during an interview with the editors of the Middle East Channel last Thursday. He warned pointedly against repeating the mistakes of Algeria when, as he put it, "the Islamists won 80 percent of the vote but they completely ignored the influential minority of secularists, of the army, of the business community. So they did a coup d'etat against the democratic process and Algeria is still suffering from that." Avoiding a replay of that catastrophe weighs heavily on Ghannouchi and his party. 

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