Tunisia’s Political Rancor Cancels Ennahda-Salfist Honeymoon – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The Salafists are only angry with Ennahda. They have no doubt that it is the ruling party that is spearheading the campaign against them.

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  • “The enemy is Ennahda.” That short sentence perfectly summarizes what the Tunisian Salafist movements’ activists and supporters are thinking.
  • The Salafists are only angry with Ennahda. They have no doubt that it is the ruling party that is spearheading the campaign against them.
  • They exchange a video of the “tyrant” Rachid Ghannouchi, whose discourse has dramatically changed after he came to power. The title of the video is “Tunisia’s tyrant is moving closer to the West by using the blood of Muslims defending their Prophet.”
  • Ennahda leaders are speaking in two voices. On the one hand, they are trying to placate Westerners by making many interviews and statements that emphasize the primacy of the law and the state. Rafik Abdessalem was dispatched to Washington to reassure Hillary Clinton who, with a little diplomacy, harshly reprimanded him. They are using the attack on the embassy to demonize the Salafists and the “outlaws.” But on Tunisian media, their discourse is different and they are more or less conciliatory toward the Salafists.

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via Edwebb’s Favorite Links on Tunisia from Diigo http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/09/tunisia-salafist-ennahda-honeymoon-is-over.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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