Ennahda came first in Sunday's parliamentary election, winning 52 seats, while media mogul Nabil Karoui's Heart of Tunisia party won 38 seats in the 217-seat chamber, the electoral commission said.
The 92-year-old politician, who became president in the first elections following the fall of Zine al Abidine Ben Ali, had been in politics for more than six decades, with a mixed record.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's supporters set up a new political party to compete for the next presidential and parliamentary elections in late 2019. Could it be a game changer?
The list includes International Islamic Council, International Union of Muslim Scholars, led by prominent Egyptian scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, and 11 individuals.
After the revolution, Tunisia’s Ennahda managed to transition from decades of opposition to secular autocracy, finding the middle ground. It has managed to survive as an active political movement thanks to its lifelong leader, Rached Ghannouchi.
The leader of Tunisia's Ennahdha Party Ghannouchi says while the region was now entering a "new era of democratic transition,” the process of democratisation had been more successful in Tunisia than in other countries.
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