Rached GhannouchiTunisian Politician
Birth: 1 June 1941 (Age: 76)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
School of Thought: Sunni
Status: Featured in current year
Politics: Ghannouchi co-founded The Ennahda Movement in the 1970s. He was imprisoned several times before being forced into exile. After successfully returning to Tunisia and winning power in 2011, Ghannouchi then, in 2014, quit government and handed power over to a technocratic government, and when elections were held later that year, Ennahda, without Ghannouchi leading them, came second to the Nidaa Tounes party.
Countering terrorism: Ghannouchi has stated that the widespread phenomenon of terrorism in the Arab region is due to corruption in the economic, social and political sectors. He also believes that whoever wants to fight extremism must do so in moderation by following the Tunisian model.