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Tunisia's Islamist Movement Legalized


Tunisia's Islamist movement Ennahda says it has been legalized, 30 years after it was formed.

The move allows Ennahda to participate in upcoming elections.

The movement, banned under the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was toppled in January, was founded in 1981 by intellectuals inspired by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

The movement's leader, Rached Ghannouchi, returned to Tunisia in January after 20 years in exile in London.

Also today, two more ministers -- the education minister and the scientific research minister -- left the interim government following the resignations of the prime minister and two other ministers after weeks of protests against the caretaker cabinet.

compiled from agency reports
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