PARIS - One of Tunisia's most senior politicians revealed on Monday he was trying to persuade Salafi Islamists to keep pursuing their agenda via legal means despite their discontent that Islamic or sharia law may not feature in the new constitution.
Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the co-founder of the powerful Islamist Ennahda party, repeated his opposition to sharia law but said he was anxious to keep the political peace.
"We have started talks with them (the Salafis). The start is always difficult especially on such sensitive subjects," he said. "I tried to encourage them to work in a legal framework either in associations or in political parties," he told French daily newspaper Le Figaro.