Tunisia's Ennahda party may join interim govt

March 2, 2011 22:30

ISTANBUL - Rachid Ghannouchi, head of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda movement, on Wednesday said his group could join the interim government after a wave of cabinet resignations this week threatened a shaky transition to democracy.

The government said on Tuesday said it would permit Ennahda, a moderate religious movement, to form a political party, lifting a two-decade ban.

Ghannouchi, speaking to reporters during a visit to Turkey, also said the military could play a "positive role" if it took over during the worst political crisis since Tunisia's long-time president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted on Jan. 14.

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