Tunisia parties reach power transfer deal

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Political deadlock in Tunisia has been broken with a power transfer deal agreed in talks between the ruling Islamist party and the opposition.

The governing Ennahda party is to step down and an independent caretaker administration will be appointed until new elections are held.

The UGTT union mediated the talks.

“There is no alternative to national dialogue for Tunisia or for the political parties, in order to prevent further problems and foreign interference in the country,” said UGTT spokesman Sami Tahri.

Tunisia has been in crisis for weeks after the assassination of two opposition leaders triggered protests. It threatened the transition to democracy in the country where the Arab Spring revolts began.

Moderate Islamist party Ennahda won elections in 2011 but divisions over the political role of Islam have split Tunisia, one of the most secular nations in the Muslim world.