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The Monitor's View An Islamist party finds a path between extremes

The largest party in Tunisia’s parliament, Ennahda, declares that it is now a civil party, leaving its Islamic work behind as democracy takes hold under a new Constitution.

The largest party in Tunisia’s parliament, Ennahda, took a remarkable step this week. Born as an Islamist party decades ago in a religious struggle against secular dictatorship, it decided to separate its political and religious work. It now sees itself as a civil party, secure enough in the country’s new democracy to declare that the practice of Islam should be a private matter.

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