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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What is a "moderate Islamist" party?

How do you define a “moderate Islamist “ party and who gives it this title?

We know what Jane Harman thinks of the election: It’s better than the elections in this country.
Nine-term U.S. congresswoman Jane Harman, who helped lead a team of observers from the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, said the vote was "hands down the best, the most promising election I have ever witnessed, including those I have seen in the United States."
What do we know of the party? It seems to have plenty of money, which in the Middle East is an indication that it’s bankrolled by the oil kings and sheiks.

Outside Nahda party's headquarters—a sleek, glass-fronted six-story building that dwarfs the more cramped and shabby accommodations of most of the country's other top political parties—victorious candidates greeted well-wishers on Monday.
If they are bankrolled by the Saudis, we can conclude that these “moderates” belong to the branch of Islam that brought us 9/11.
"Our party is very clear, we are not a religious party,"
said Islamist Nahda Party spokesman.
Party officials have suggested they will look to strengthen Tunisia's political and economic ties with fellow Arab-Islamic states in the region and perhaps legalize Islamic banking systems that proscribe interest and relies instead on fees.

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