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Pressure mounts on Tunisian government to resign amid political turmoil


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Pressure mounts on Tunisian government to resign amid political turmoil

Thousands of Tunisians have joined a protest in the capital Tunis, calling for the country’s Islamist-led government to resign immediately.

The July assassination of an opposition politician – the second in six months – has polarised the country.

The government blames the killings on Islamist extremists and has offered to hold legislative and presidential elections.

“They have to understand and resign. It’s over now. Tunisian people are fed up of Ennahda and its regime. We’ve reached the end of our patience,” said one protester.

In the birthplace of the Arab Spring, it seems the political crisis is deepening. Protesters are promising further action.

“All of the regional demonstrators – hundreds of thousands of Tunisians – will be here in Kasbah on the 7th of September,” said Khemaïs Ksila, an opposition MP.

Two years after overthrowing long-serving president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians are going through a slow and difficult transition to democracy.

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