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(AFP) — Tunisia’s Islamist movement Ennahda, banned under the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was toppled in January, has been legalised 30 years after it was formed, it announced Tuesday.
“The Ennahda movement has just been legalised,” spokesman Ali El-Aryadh told AFP.
The interim government installed after Ben Ali’s fall on January 14 after weeks of street protests granted unprecedented freedoms and allowed exiles to return despite the bans from the old regime.
Ennahda (Awakening) leader Rached Ghannouchi returned on January 30 after nearly 20 years in exile, mostly in London, to be welcomed by thousands of people.
He founded the movement in 1981 with intellectuals inspired by the influential Muslim Brotherhood born in Egypt.