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Tunisia's Ennahda struggles to shake political Islam identity

The announcement of a Saudi-led bloc’s new terrorist list that includes the International Union of Muslim Scholars has tongues wagging about the failure of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement to break free from political Islam.

TUNIS, Tunisia — On Nov. 22, the countries boycotting Qatar classified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. This has revived accusations that the Tunisian Ennahda movement still espouses political Islam despite announcing that it has changed.

In May 2016, Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi declared the movement a "civil and democratic political party” that separates its political and religious activities. The declaration came on the sidelines of Ennahda’s 10th national conference, a landmark in the political and ideological progression of the movement marking its shift to Islamic democracy.

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