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Political crisis in Tunisia deepens with call for dissolution of government

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Political crisis in Tunisia deepens with call for dissolution of government

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Tunisia’s secular Ettakatol party has called for the dissolution of the country’s Islamist led interim government. Ettakatol, which is part of the ruling coalition, has included a threat to withdraw from the government if the party’s demands are not met. It wants a new unity government to stave off the growing political crisis.

The call comes after rival protesters faced each other in Bardo square in the capital. The army moved in, blocked off the area and declared it a “closed military zone”.

“We want to deliver a message to the government, we ask all the Tunisian people to defend their democracy and freedom . It is a call for everyone, come here to Bardo to protest here. The future of our country starts here,” said one of the protesters.

The assassination of leftist politician Mohamed Brahmi last week, the second such killing in six months sparked the latest demonstrations. The unrest has erupted just weeks before the Constituent Assembly is set to complete a draft of a new constitution.