Crisis talks have begun in Tunisia between the ruling Islamist party and its opponents.
Mediators hope the negotiations will bring an end to the political paralysis that has gripped the country since the killing of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi in July.
The government, led by moderate Islamist party Ennahda, has said it will resign after three weeks of talks – at which point a caretaker administration is to be formed.
Thousands of opposition activists protested in central Tunis earlier this week calling for the fall of the current regime.
Tunisia’s government was elected two years ago in the first free elections there since the country’s independence in 1956.