New Delhi, March 3 The Tunisian Islamic movement El Nahda, which had been formerly banned by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has finally been legalized by the new provisional government. According to reports reaching here, the government had also allowed El Nahda to form a political party and participate in the elections.
El Nahda was founded in 1981 by Rachid Ghannouchi. He returned to Tunisia on January 20, 2011 after living in exile mostly in London for 20 years. The new government was also reportedly intending to enact an amnesty law through Parliament to pardon the convicted activists like Rachid Ghannouchi.
While El Nahda was initially tolerated by Ben Ali's regime, it faced a fierce crackdown after being placed second to Ben Ali's ruling party during the1989 elections. Tunisia's interim government had promised to hold new elections by mid-July.