TUNIS, Tunisia — The
leader of a long-outlawed Tunisian Islamist party has returned home
after two decades in exile, telling The Associated Press in his first
interview on arrival that his views are moderate and that his
Westward-looking country has nothing to fear.
Rachid Ghanouchi and
about 70 other exiled members of Ennahdha, or Renaissance, flew home
from Britain two weeks after autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben
Ali was forced from power by violent protests. At the airport on Sunday,
thousands of people welcomed him, cheering, shouting "God is great!"
and drowning out his attempt to address the crowd with a megaphone.