Tunisia Protesters Demand End of Government

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to call for the dissolution of the government.

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Chanting "today, today, Ennahdha down today" - a reference to the main party in the government - the protesters on Saturday evening marched towards the building housing the constituent assembly, which opposition deputies have boycotted for more than two weeks.

"After the blood, there is no legitimacy for the Ennahdha mafia," Mongi Rahoui, a National Constituent Assembly member from the leftist Unified Patriotic Democratic, told the crowd.

Chokri Belaid, the former leader of Rahoui’s party, was assassinated in February. A second opposition politician, Mohamed Brahimi, was assassinated on July 25, leading opposition parties to unit against the government, Aljazeera reported.

There is a deep distrust on both sides over who will control the state’s institutions, particularly the agency that would oversee the country’s yet-to-be scheduled parliamentary and presidential elections.

The protest comes in the midst of the country’s biggest political deadlock since the fall of the former president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in January 2011.

 

 

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