Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Nahda movement, Tunisia's main Islamist political party, speaks during a demonstration in Tunis on February 16, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda Party denounced the decision of Egypt's interim government to officially declare the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist group."
The denunciation was announced by party chief Rached Ghannouchi in a press statement on Thursday.
The movement argued that the decision is a "desperate misjudgement divorced from reality and a new act of incitement against a political group that is committed to democracy and peaceful activism."
Ennahda believed that such a step "targets the gains" of Egypt’s January 25 revolution – specifically freedom and democracy – and to eradicate all free democratic voices in Egypt.
The Islamist party accused the Egyptian government of rushing to classify the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation. The government holds the Brotherhood accountable for a bomb attack in the northern Egyptian city of Mansoura that killed 16 and injured 134 after a large explosion hit the city's security directorate. The attack caused widespread damage to buildings in the vicinity including the city's council building, a state-owned theatre and a bank.
"Ennahda Party warns against the danger of incitement against Hamas and alleging its implication in the attack, which undermines Palestinian resistance and tarnishes its image," the statement concluded.