Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh has said that he is ready to step aside for a caretaker government to hold elections, but would not create a power vacuum as the country faced serious security and economic problems.
His comments came after he announced that local authorities had proof the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia had assassinated two secular politicians and killed eight soldiers in recent months. They have now been classified as “terrorists”.
The group, which emerged after the 2011 revolution, aims to impose Islamic Sharia law across Tunisia.
The killings of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi within six months of each other plunged the country into political turmoil.
Tunisia has been struggling to maintain its fragile democracy amid popular discontent over an ailing economy and accusations that the government has failed to reign in radical Islamists.