Islamist government in Tunisia to resign

Rick Moran
After months of protests from the secular opposition, the Islamist government of Tunisia has agree to resign and turn the country over to a caretaker government until new parliamentary and presidential elections can be held. BBC: Tunisia's Islamist-led government has agreed to resign after talks with opponents that are to start next week. It is hoped a caretaker government will be negotiated over the next three weeks that will prepare for new elections. The decision marks a breakthrough in weeks of crisis involving the ruling coalition, led by the Islamist Ennahda party, and the secular opposition. Anti-government protests intensified recently after the killing of two opposition figures. The crisis has threatened to disrupt a transition to democracy that began after Tunisians threw out their decades-old authoritarian government at the beginning of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. The talks were announced on Saturday by the powerful UGTT labour union, which will act as a mediator....(Read Full Post)

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