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Rached Ghannouchi: From Revolutionary Until the deal with the West

13 September 2017 | Feature Article
Rached Ghannouchi, the co-founder and president of Ennahdha, the Tunisian moderate Islamist party.
Rached Ghannouchi, the co-founder and president of Ennahdha, the Tunisian moderate Islamist party.

Abdullah Martin , researcher of Middle Eastern issues, in his September 10 article on “Quebec Huffington Post” site, after the introduction of Rached Ghannouchi , the Tunisian politician co-founded the Ennahda party and serves as its "intellectual leader", and a quick look at his latest position in politics, writes: A european diplomat has revealed that representatives from the United States, the European Union and Britain have had a meeting with the leader of the Ennahdha Party Rachid Ghannouchi in July and have reached important agreements.

Martin considers these agreements as Tunisia's humiliating deal with the West over power which has been imposed on Tunisia in several clauses. In the following, there are several agreement clauses and provisions between Tunisia, Ghannouchi and the West:

Supporting the Tunisian government's commitment to:

  1. Halting and abolishing all ties with Libya during the crisis
  2. Maintaining positive relations with Qatar
  3. Approving a bill and signing it into law to create opportunities and facilitate the work of businessmen and merchants of the European Union, the United States and Britain in Tunisia
  4. Non-expansion of relations with Iran until 2024
  5. Helping Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen
  6. Creating an opportunity for Israel to reopen the economic and cultural office of relations in Tunisia
  7. Continuing to cut ties with Syria and Bashar al-Assad
  8. Reducing Turkish economic activity in Tunisia.

In contrast to these commitments from Ennahda party and the European Union and the United States, the other side pledged to support the victory of Ennahda party in the upcoming municipal elections. Other commitments include: contributing $165 million dollars to Tunisia and Ennahda party within five years, cooperation with Ennahda's economic companies to boost the tourism industry in Tunisia and encouraging Israelis and other Jews to go to Tunisia and pilgrimage to the ancient El Ghriba Synagogue .

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According to the article, the diplomat admitted that Youssef Chahed 's travel to the United States in July has been in the course of finalizing the text of the agreement and getting the final confirmation for the implementation of the agreements between Tunisia and the United States.

in case of the accuracy of all these agreements which are completely match with Ghannouchi’s personality change process, we should draw a new picture of Ghannouchi and wait for the reactions of Ghannouchi's followers and oppositions in the coming months.

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