Tunisia opposition demands end of government

Backers of the Ennahdha have also rallied in support of the party
Tunis – Tunisia’s opposition parties have called for a protest to demand the immediate dissolution of the Islamist-led government.

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.

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 coalition of secularist opposition parties says that the government, led by the Ennahdha party, is failing to deal with the economic and security situation, and that it is time to appoint a government made up of non-politically aligned technocrats.

Ennahdha, meanwhile, is acutely aware of the brutal crackdown on its fellow Islamist movement in Egypt, and says it does not trust the opposition and that having won a majority in the constituent assembly in the 2011 elections, it still has legitimacy.

The Tunisian Union General Labour Union is acting as a negotiating party. Ennahdha provisionally accepted the union’s proposal in a meeting on Thursday.

Opposition leaders, however, found the terms offered by Ennahdha to be unacceptable, and insist on the immediate dissolution of the government

(Source / 24.08.2013)

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