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9 September 2019 Abdelfattah Mourou, a moderate Islamist

Abdelfattah Mourou, a 71-years-old Tunisian lawyer, is Ennahda’s candidate for the presidential elections in Tunisia. Mourou is a founding member of the party (1981) together with the leader of Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi. After the 2011 revolution, he left the party and joined an alliance of independent candidates for the elections to the Constituent Assembly, but failed to be elected. Then, he returned to the side of his long-time friend Ghannouchi. He describes himself as a conservative rather than an Islamist and foresees that Ennahda is going to follow a similar path in order to reach non-Islamist audiences. In his political programme, he stresses the importance of a long-term strategy in order to solve the critical socio-economic situation in Tunisia. He also supports a reform of the electoral law towards a more stable system and considers that the main goal of Tunisian foreign policy should be to act as a “bridge” between Europe and Africa. It is the first time that Ennahda presents a candidate for the presidency. Analysts say that the party chose Mourou to unify the internal factions and to reassure both the moderate electorate and foreign partners.