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Tunisia government agrees to resign


Tunisia’s Islamist government has agreed to resign. Talks could begin as early as Monday with the secular opposition to form a caretaker government, paving the way for new elections.

The move follows months of political crises between the ruling Ennahda party and its secular opponents which threatened to destabilise the country.

Major protests began after the killing of opposition leader Chokri Belaid in February. An estimated 1 million people attended his funeral. His supporters point the finger towards the government. Months later a second opposition leader met an untimely death.

Since the ousting of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, Tunisia has struggled with divison of the role of Islam in politics. The opposition accused Ennahda of forcing an Islamist agenda on the nation.

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