Tunisian Jews may vote for Islamists, leading community member says

By JTA
October 14, 2014 22:59

Some Tunisian Jews may choose an Islamist party in the upcoming elections, a leading member of the community said.

Rene Trabelsi, a businessman and son of a leader of Tunisia’s Jewish community of 2,500, made the assertion in an interview published this week by the Anadolu news agency ahead of the October 26 parliamentary vote and the presidential race next month.

“There are no objections to selecting a political party with an Islamic background, such as Ennahda,” Trabelsi said in reference to Tunisia’s former ruling party, which stepped down last year as a temporary government proceeded to draft a new constitution ahead of the vote. “Regardless of ideological or religious considerations, we will support the party that presents a suitable economic program.”


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