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Tunisian Islamist party to separate religious, politics work

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.

The move at the party's conference in the resort town of Hammamet came as the group, headed by charismatic 75-year-old Rachid Ghannouchi, positions itself for local elections due next year. Ennahda is currently the biggest party in parliament after a string of defections from President Beji Caid Essebsi's secular Nida Tunis party.

"We have to keep religion away from political fights," said Ghannouchi, who also won a new five-year term as the head of Ennahda on...