‘Coalition With Brotherhood Was a Mistake’

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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (Photo: YOAN VALAT/AFP/Getty Images)


Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said that including the Muslim Brotherhood Ennahda party in his coalition was a mistake (Arabic link) from the beginning.

Essebsi make the remarks in a recent newspaper interview in Tunisia. Commentators are suggesting that Essebsi is hinting at an upcoming confrontation between him and the Islamist party.

After Essebsi’s win in 2014, he was forced to make a partnership with Ennahda because of the results of the election. By 2016, Ennahda announced they intended to transform the party into one dealing with civil (as opposed to religious) issues.

Essebsi, a secularist, said unfortunately that transformation did not occur but was merely political propaganda,  and that “it appears we made a mistake” believing it.


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