Unrest Continues in Tunisia Following Leftist’s Assassination

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images(TUNIS, Tunisia) — Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s attempts at quelling civil unrest following the assassination of an opposition leader aren’t going over very well with anyone.

On Wednesday, Jebali announced that he would form a new government free of political affiliations in an effort to stop demonstrators’ clashes with police.

However, the prime minister’s party, Ennahda, has disagreed with his decision and is calling for a minor reshuffling of government officials.

Now, Jebali is caught in the middle of a feud that threatens to spin out of control.  Meanwhile, a funeral is planned on Friday for opposition leader Chokri Belaid, who was gunned down earlier in the week outside his home in the capital of Tunis.  A pro-Ennahda “militia” is considered a suspect in the murder.

Belaid, who helped lead a leftist coalition, was critical of Tunisia’s moderate Islamist government.

It was in January 2011 that pro-democracy demonstrations forced the resignation of Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.  The revolution ushered in what came to be known as the “Arab Spring,” a movement that has had monumental repercussions throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa since then.

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