International Reports

Tunisia and the First Islamist-led Government in North Africa

by Klaus D. Loetzer
Ennahdha’s election victory can be put down to the party’s authenticity, but also to the fact that it offered a clear break with the past, something that many Tunisians were really looking for and which only the Islamists could genuinely claim to represent. One much-discussed question is just how moderate, or capable of delivering democracy, is the Islamist party, Ennahdha? Another question is just how capable it is of controlling the Salafists, or, indeed, if it actually wants to.