The Ennahda Movement in Tunisia announced that the leader of the movement, Munther Al-Wanisi, would take over the management of the movement's affairs, in the absence of its leader, Rashid Ghannouchi, who is imprisoned.
The movement said, in a statement, following a meeting of its executive office, that Al-Wanissi will assume the position until the reasons are removed, and renewed the call for the release of Ghannouchi and the rest of the political activists.
The movement affirmed its commitment to continuing its participation in the framework of the "National Salvation Front" and its endeavor to restore the democratic path in the country.
In the statement, the movement demanded "the release of all detainees and an end to the method of abuse and healing, and it also warned of the seriousness of violating the constitution and international treaties by restricting the activity of parties and civil society organizations, freedom of association and peaceful demonstration."
Ennahda affirmed "its continuation of its commitment to frontal action within the framework of the National Salvation Front, according to a peaceful, civil approach that upholds the value of national unity," stressing its continuation of its endeavor to unite the living forces in the country, restore the democratic path, focus economic and social reforms, and confront the path of dictatorship and restriction of freedoms, according to the statement.
On April 17, Tunisian security arrested Ghannouchi after raiding his house, before the Court of First Instance in the capital Tunis ordered him to be imprisoned in a case of statements attributed to him inciting state security.
During a political symposium organized by the opposition National Salvation Front in the capital, Tunis, on April 15, Ghannouchi warned against excluding any party.
And Ghannouchi, one of the most prominent leaders of the "Salvation Front", rejecting exceptional measures that President Qais Saeed began imposing on July 25, 2021, most notably: dissolving the Judicial Council and Parliament (presided by Ghannouchi), issuing legislation by presidential orders, approving a new constitution through a referendum, and holding early legislative elections. The opposition boycotted it.
Walounisi, 56, is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Tunisia. He belonged to the Ennahda movement in 1984 and remained active within it, then he was elected as a member of the Shura Council during the tenth general conference that was organized in 2016.
Al-Wanissi also held the membership of the Executive Office of Ennahda since 2021-2022, and was appointed to the position of Vice President of the Ennahda Movement, in charge of community space, since August 2021.
Alounisi is a member of several scientific and research societies in Tunisia and abroad, and has published more than 80 scientific papers in French and English in several scientific journals.