Respected head of Tunisian Islamist group to step down

February 25, 2011
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(Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi in Tunis February 4, 2011/Louafi Larbi )

The head of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamist movement, Rachid Ghannouchi, will step down and be replaced this year, he told Turkey’s state-run news agency in an interview published on Friday. Ghannouchi, a respected Muslim scholar who has spoken in favour of women’s rights and democracy, returned to Tunisia from two decades in exile following last month’s overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Concern about Islamists masks wide differences among them

February 4, 2011
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(Hamas supporters hold up copies of the Koran at a protest in Gaza City December 26, 2010/Mohammed Salem)

Interview -Tunisian Islamists say they’re excluded, call for unity govt.

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2011
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(Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tunis February 3, 2011/Louafi Larbi )

Islamists emerge as powerful force in the new Tunisia

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2011
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(Supporters welcome home Rachid Ghannouchi at the airport in Tunis January 30, 2011. The sign reads: "No fear of Islam"/Louafi Larbi)

Factbox: Who is Tunisia’s Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi?

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2011

Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s main Islamist Ennahda movement returns on Sunday to the country from which he was exiled 22 years ago.

Tunisian Islamists show strength at chief’s return

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2011

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(Photo: Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi (C, with red scarf) is welcomed by supporters upon his arrival in Tunis January 30, 2011/Louafi Larbi)

Tunisian Islamist leader says he’ll return from exile

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2011

tunis (Photo: Protesters in Tunis January 14, 2011/Zohra Bensemra)

The leader of a banned Tunisian Islamist movement has said he would return in the next few days from exile in London after Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who ran the country for 23 years, was forced out.