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 number of Roman Catholics in Latin America, a historical stronghold, dropped to 67 percent in 2013, from 80 percent in 1995, a survey by Chile-based pollster Latinobarometro showed
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters traveling on Air Force One that Kiev had responded with "admirable restraint" to destabilizing actions in the country by armed pro-Moscow separatists.
Garcia Marquez, who was hospitalized for nine days in Mexico City for dehydration and a lung and urinary infection, has been receiving treatment at his home
Small groups of demonstrators from Barakat - the name means "Enough" - tried to hold a sit-in in downtown Algiers before uniformed police surrounded them and dragged them off.
NATO said the military alliance had decided on immediate steps to reinforce its forces in eastern Europe because of the Ukraine crisis.
Transnistria's Parliament will apply to Russia for recognition of their independence from Moldova.
So far this year, 2,370 unaccompanied minors have arrived in Italy, the charity claims. Most journey to Italy to be united with relatives already there. When the Italian authorities fail to reunite them with family, the children often risk the journey alone.
Government ministers said that warnings last week by the U.N. mission in Burundi (BNUB) about possible violence were baseless and possibly spread to justify an extension of its mandate
The International Centre for the Study of Radicalization is a non-governmental think-tank based in London whose mission is to analyze and promote the understanding of political violence and radicalization.
Pakistan Taliban spokesperson blamed the government for a lack of progress in peace talks.
The island, which just has a population of 30 Spanish soldiers, is one of three Chafarinas Islands that have been under Spanish control since 1847.
Jarba said his Syrian National Coalition sought a political solution, according to a statement from the ministry.
Saudi Arabia’s aviation authorities have warned Pakistan’s national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), that all their flights will be cancelled if outstanding airport usage fees are not paid by April 17.
Ukraine's defence ministry said the troop carriers were now in Slaviansk, guarded by "people in uniforms who have no relation to Ukraine's armed forces."
Talks were put on hold after an Israeli soldier was shot dead in the West Bank.
Mariam Koofi was shot in one of Kabul's upscale districts late on Tuesday after an argument with a member of the security forces, the interior ministry said in a statement. Her injury was not life threatening.