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Secretary General of Tunisia’s Ennahda: Terrorism is a Real Challenge - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Tunis – Former Tunisian Prime Minister and Secretary General of Ennahda Movement Ali al-Arid admitted that the challenges facing Tunisia and Libya are very serious and dangerous.

Al-Arid, who was elected on Friday president of the tenth convention of Ennahda Movement, mentioned that Habib Essid’s government should form a strategy to fight terrorism.

When asked by Ashrq Al-Awsat about the challenges that the movement and the country are facing today, al-Arid said that the main concern is the political violence and terrorism.

He added that threats of terrorism increased in Tunisia ever since the situation got complicated in Libya and several Arab counties.

Al-Arid said that terrorism is a global phenomenon and threatens any country going through a transitional phase. According to al-Arid, what makes things more critical is that Tunisia faces economic and social challenges as well.

Al-Arid praised the military operations in Ben Gardane that prevented the formation of ISIS branch in Tunisia.

When asked about the security threats, al-Arid admitted that these threats are real and serious. He said that Tunisia supports a political settlement in Libya.

Al-Arid said he supports Habib Essid’s government in its policies to fight terrorism, ensure security, and create job opportunities for thousands of citizens.

When asked about the outcomes of the tenth convention of the party especially after the recent developments, al-Arid said that the Ennahda is not a religious party but a civil one.

He said that the priorities of Ennahda are the same as that of the people and they respect the decision of the people.

Al-Arid spoke about the tenth convention, saying that the main concern is to continue building the country and ensuring the stability and security of Tunisia.

Al-Arid also stressed on the idea that Ennahda is a national patriotic party for all Tunisians and not an ideological one.