Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party’s leader, Rached Ghannouchi, will be traveling to the United States. His visit to Washington DC is scheduled for early December as confirmed by Zubayer Shourabee, a member of Ennahda’s executive bureau.
“He received an invitation 2 months ago from the Woodrow Wilson Center to award him for his 10 years worth of publications,” stated Shourabee .
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, based in Washington DC, is a Presidential Memorial established by an act of Congress in 1968. Awardees are chosen by the Wilson Center Board of Trustees in recognition of their work to benefit society.
According to information acquired so far, Ghannouchi will not be meeting with US President Barack Obama. The media representative for Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Drew Sample, denied the award info “Mr. Ghannouchi may be visiting the Wilson Center on his trip to Washington DC but this plan is not yet finalized.Mr. Ghannouchi will not be receiving an award from the Wilson Center this December.”
Update 11/29: Contrary to the information provided to Tunisia Live by Ennahda, the Woodrow Wilson Center has confirmed they will not be giving Rachid Ghannouchi an award.