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Tunisian government calls for dialogue to resolve political crisis

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The Tunisian government has responded to the opposition protests that have gripped the north African country. The Islamist ruling party Ennahda has called for dialogue with its opponents to resolve the deadlock and form what it called a “national unity government”.

The latest move in the crisis comes less than 24 hours after the Constituent Assembly which was working on a new constitution and electoral law was suspended.

Ennahda’s statement said despite reservations it accepted the suspension of the Assembly. It added it hoped that would serve as a catalyst for political opponents to sit down and talk.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the capital Tunis on Tuesday night demanding the resignation of the Islamist-led government. It was the largest such demonstration since the latest political crisis began.