Ennahda reaffirms 'commitment to women'

2011-10-28 20:22
Tunis - Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamist party that won Tunisia's elections, on Friday reaffirmed Ennahda's "commitment to the women of Tunisia," pledging to uphold their social gains.

"Ennahda reaffirms its commitment to the women of Tunisia, to strengthen their role in political decision-making, in order to avoid any going back on their social gains," Ghannouchi told a news conference, adding that 42 of the 49 women elected to the constituent assembly were Ennahda candidates.

"Democracy is for everyone, our hearts are open to everyone, we ask that all our brothers, whatever their political outlook, participate in the writing of the constitution and the installation of a democratic regime," Ghannouchi said.

"The revolution didn't take place to destroy a state, but to destroy a regime. We are determined to protect the Tunisian state," added the Ennahda leader, whose party won 90 of the 217 seats in the north African country's new constituent assembly in Sunday's election.

"There has been a revolution in this country. People want a change in politics and in faces," added Ghannouchi, whose party was banned under Tunisia's toppled dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled last January faced with a popular uprising.

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