AP Interview: Ghanouchi says 'I'm no Khomeini'

January 30, 2011 20:07

TUNIS, Tunisia — The leader of a long-outlawed Tunisian Islamist party says critics should not compare him to the father of Iran's Islamic Revolution and should accept that his views are more moderate.

Rachid Ghanouchi says "some Western media portray me like (Ayatollah Ruhollah) Khomeini, but that's not me."

Ghanouchi spoke to The AP in his first interview Sunday on returning to his North African country after more than two decades in exile in Britain. He says his political movement, Ennahdha, wants to reinforce women's rights.

Ghanouchi was able to return home two weeks after autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power by violent protests.

Ben Ali's ban on Ghanouchi's party hasn't officially been lifted, but the new interim government has been tolerant of it.

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