(The Scotsman) Fears are growing in Tunisia that its new government may be planning to introduce Islamist legislation after leaked conversations talking about alcohol bans and the imposition of religious laws appeared on the internet.
The Ennahda Party was elected on a moderate Islamist platform but last week Tunisia’s social media sites were flooded first by a video, then a phone recording showing Rachid Ghannouchi, the founder of the party, appearing to discuss how to gradually Islamise Tunisian society.
Yesterday Ennahda said in a statement that the video was heavily edited to make Ghannouchi appear to be more extreme than the party’s actual positions. The video dates from February, it said.
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