Islamist government in Tunisia to resign

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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