World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of Tunisian Ennahda Party said Wednesday that his country has not yet become a complete democracy since the 2011 revolution.
Speaking at the U.S. Peace Institute in Washington D.C,. Rachid al-Ghannouchi said the challenges faced by Tunisia and the region has stunted the progress for the country on the way to becoming a pure democratic country.
"A cooperation between moderates and seculars is a must in order to achieve success in democracy in our region," he said. "Tunisia has not become a safe country yet. Despite our success, there are still many obstacles in front of us."
Tunisia was the birthplace of Arab Spring uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa in 2011. Several longtime leaders were ousted by the revolts, including Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
After Ben Ali’s government collapsed in the wake of unrest, the country's first-ever free elections were held in 2011 with a 51 percent participation rate.
Al-Ghannouchi's party won 37 percent of the vote. The party stepped down in 2013 to make way for a final drafting of a constitution by a neutral interim government in an attempt to resolve a political crisis of the country.