Kairouan, Tunisia - 17 December, 2011: Said Ferjani (left), 57, senior member of the political and communication bureau of the Nahda (Renaissance) party, discusses with his lifetime friend of the Negra mosque in Kairouan, Tunisia on 17 December, 2011. In the 24 October 2011 Tunisian Constituent Assembly election, the first elections since the Tunisian Revolution, the party won 40% of the vote, and 89 of the 217 assembly seats, far more than any other party. Said Ferjani started his activism in the Negra mosque of his hometown Kairouan when he was 16 years old, debating on politics, philosophy, economy and world events. In 1989 former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali turned against Nahda (or Ennahda) and jailed 25,000 activists. Said Ferjani was jailed and tortured. He then flew Tunisia and moved to the UK. He came back to Tunisia after 22 years, after former dictator Ben Ali flew the country.
Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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