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I am no Khomeini: Tunisia’s Islamist leader

Says hardliners have wrong idea of Islam

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda movement is democratic and should not be feared, its exiled leader said on Saturday, rejecting any comparison between him and Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Tunisian government said this week that it would lift a ban on political groups including the Ennahda, or Renaissance, movement, which was suppressed during the 24-year rule of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali who fled a week ago.