Poll predicament

(The Africa Report/Jeune Afrique) --
By Nizar Manek in Tunis | November edition 2014
Ennahda sets out to be more conciliatory in order to win parliamentary votes
When the clock struck midnight on 4 October, it rung in Eid al-Adha and the official launch of campaigning for Tunisia’s parliamentary elections on 26 October. A week earlier, at the Ennahda election rally, a small drone hovered onto the stage with Ennahda’s manifesto wrapped in a ribbon: Tunisia’s main Islamist party had got a head start. “Tunisians were freed by the revolution, and nobody can impose their hegemony on the Tunisian people again!” declared Rachid Ghannouchi, the veteran Islamist and final speaker.
Ahead of the vote, Ghannouchi says that Ennahda should be more open to making concessions and attracting allies rather than sticking to its hardline. The party manifesto is 50 pages of proposals ranging from structural economic reforms to efforts to combat terrorism. There was no talk about the party’s performance in government at the conference.
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