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Tunisia opposition calls for mass protests

Tunisia's opposition factions call for people across the country to take to the streets next week against ruling party.

Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 03:23
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Tunisia's opposition is holding the ruling party responsible for delaying the formation of a new government [EPA]

Tunisia's opposition alliance called for country-wide protests next week, accusing ruling Islamists of holding up the start of negotiations and delaying the formation of a new government.

Political activity has ground to a halt in Tunisia since the murder of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi in July, amid a bitter standoff between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition.

On Monday, the National Salvation Front (NSF), a loose coalition of opposition parties, called on Tunisians "in all regions, especially the capital" to take part in a "massive demonstration on October 23 to demand the appointment of a competent government".

The date marks the second anniversary of the election of the National Constitution Assembly, which was tasked with creating a new constitution but has failed to do so amid deep mistrust among political factions.

The opposition coalition on Monday accused Ennahda of manoeuvering to buy time and of aggravating Tunisia's political crisis by not sticking to its commitment to negotiate the formation of a cabinet of independents.

Ennahda agreed on October 5 to respect a plan aimed at creating a new government within three weeks and ending the political deadlock plaguing the country since Brahmi was shot dead on July 25.

Under the blueprint, a new constitution and electoral law must be adopted and a timetable drawn up for fresh parliamentary and presidential polls.

But the Islamists have since questioned the timing of the new government's formation, saying any countdown can only be agreed upon once a national dialogue on unresolved political issues has begun.

A date for those negotiations has yet to be fixed, with the parties so far only holding preparatory meetings, and with the NSF insisting that they begin no later than October 19.

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