Shalom: Concern rising on Tunisia moving towards extremism

January 16, 2011 11:43

Vice Premier and Regional Development Minister Silvan Shalom on Sunday said he feared that the toppling of the Tunisian government marks the state's movement towards extremism, reported Army Radio.

"The international community preferred to overlook what happened there in order to get closer to the Western World, and now there is serious concern over what will happen there," Shalom told Army Radio.

"The question arises whether the state will maintain its character, and now there is a risk that Islamist movements that were banished by [Tunisian President] Ben Ali will try to go back there," he said.

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