World Bulletin / News Desk
Sheikh Rashid Al Ghannouchi has been re-elected the leader of the moderate Islamist party Al Nahda Movement with gaining 72 percent of the votes on Tuesday.
The ruling party in Tunisia held the party's 9th convention which was open to the press corps after 40 years on Tuesday.
At the convention Al-Ghannouchi gained 72 percent of the votes and was re-elected the leader of the party.
Speaking at the convention, Abdullatif Al-Makki, chairman of the convention, said that the party would be cooperate strategically with national powers against former regime supporters in the country.
Banned under Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was toppled last year in mass protests that sparked the Arab Spring, Ennahda won the most seats in elections to a constituent assembly in October and formed a government in coalition with two secular parties.
Twelve leading Ennahda officials competed for the post. Among them were Sadek Chorou and Habib Elouz, both who pushed for Ennahda to support the inclusion of Islamic law in the constitution currently being drawn up by the elected constituent assembly.
Abdel Fattah Mourou, a co-founder of Ennahda who was excluded from the movement in the 1990s, returned to the fold at the congress and also ran for the top job.
Some 1,103 Ennahda members voted to elect the president and secretary general as well as a powerful 150-member consultative committee.
Ghannouchi, Ennahda's co-founder and current leader, is a respected scholar.
Ennahda was founded as an underground organisation in the 1970s and went public in 1981, sparking a fierce crackdown by Tunisia's independence hero and then-president Habib Bourguiba, a staunch secularist who brooked no dissent. Ghannouchi was among the Ennahda members jailed during the 1980s.
After promising reforms, Bourguiba's successor Ben Ali again cracked down on opponents in the 1990s, arresting thousands of Ennahda supporters. Many fled abroad.
Ghannouchi went to London, where he was to spend more than 20 years, returning after the revolution last year.
Ghannouchi will lead the party until the party votes again at an extraordinary conference in 2014.
The demonstrators were calling on the government to implement an agreed presidential term limit under which President Faure Gnassingbe would step down next year.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif unexpectedly met for a second time in Vienna
"His detention silenced an important Uighur voice that peacefully promoted understanding among China’s ethnic groups," a State Department spokesman said.
Earlier this month, the state-run New Vision newspaper reported that an audit had been carried out at the Uganda Wildlife Authority that had revealed the loss of the ivory.
Boehner said House Republicans intend to fight the president's action, which was announced on Thursday, but did not detail a course of action.
Plans to resettle refugees in Cambodia questioned over country's poor record
Biden, in a statement to the press alongside Poroshenko, said Russian behaviour was a "flagrant violation of the bedrock principles of the international system."
Kiir arrived in Cairo on Friday at the head of a high-level delegation that includes the ministers of foreign affairs, electricity, irrigation, oil, education, health, communication, sports and culture.
Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi appeared to support calls for planned mass protests on November 28, initiated by Egypt's pro-Morsi Salafist Front
Spain wants Gibraltar airport, which sits on the disputed land, to be excluded from EU aviation law until the debate is resolved.
Pakistan sees the latest round of Chinese investments as key to its efforts to solve power shortages that have crippled its economy.
Two presidential candidates appear to be the frontrunners in the upcoming polls – interim President Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebsi, who served as parliament speaker under Ben Ali.
Poverty in European Union 'extremely challenging' as almost half of Europeans outside bloc face poverty, according to reports
Israeli forces fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron.
In an audio message on websites, al AQAP's military commander Qassim al-Raymi called the Houthis "the new rented gun for the enemies of Islam".
The city centre remains under the control of Iraqi government forces but outlying neighbourhoods have been seized by the fighters.