BEIRUT: Political Islam was a major topic of conversation among Arab
leaders Monday, the final day of a U.N. meeting in Beirut that focused
on democracy in the region. Representing the country that jump-started
the so-called “Arab Spring” at a Monday roundtable entitled “Prospects
for the future of the Arab region,” Tunisia’s Foreign Affairs Minister
Rafic Abdel-Salam said Islamists are now part of political life. In
Tunisia’s election last year, a once-banned Islamist party won the
largest share of votes in the new assembly.
He said that “they will be affected by the political scene,” especially
as Islamists did not win a majority of assembly seats and had to form a
coalition government in Tunis.
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