30 Jan '11, 2am

Tunisian Islamist leader Ghannouchi returns from exile - #Intelwire

TUNIS: Tunisian Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi is set to return to his homeland on Sunday from London after more than 20 years in exile, following the ousting of authoritarian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Ghannouchi's historic return comes as the new government installed after Ben Ali's downfall unveiled unprecedented democratic freedoms including lifting media controls, releasing political prisoners and registering banned parties. The Islamist leader still officially has a life sentence from the old regime hanging over him for plotting against the state but in practice other convicted exiles have been able to return without any hindrance in recent days. The government has drawn up an amnesty, which still has to go to parliament. Members of Ghannouchi's Ennahdha (Awakening) movement, which was banned under Ben Ali, are expected to come to Tunis airport to greet him. S...

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