Tunisian Islamist Ennahdha Party leader Rached Ghannouchi reacts after being reelected at the head of the party, on May 23, 2016, in Hammamet, south of Tunis. AFP / MOHAMED KHALIL
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Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party voted Monday to separate its political and religious work, part of its effort to cast itself in line with the North African country's secular political heritage.Tunisia has been bedeviled by splits between secular-minded liberals and Islamists since the latter came to power in the wake of the first of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 .Political observers said it was another savvy move by Ghannouchi, who has steered the Islamist movement for the past 34 years, more than 20 of them from exile in London.
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