Tunisian president's party 'to leave coalition'

  • Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said on Sunday the ministers of his secular party would leave the Islamist-led government.

    According to a Congress for the Republic (CPR) party leader, its demands that two Islamist ministers be replaced had not been met.

    The decision comes on the back of a crisis triggered by the assasination last Wednesday of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

    A day after his murder, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said he was seeking to form a government of technocrats in a bid to qualm tensions.

    However, his Islamist Ennahda party, which dominates the constituent assembly, rejected the plan.

    Many blame the Ennahda party for Belaid’s death, an allegation the party has vehemently denied.

    Belaid’s death was the first political assassination since the Arab Spring uprising of January 2011.

    So far four groups, including Belaid's Popular Front, have pulled out of the constituent assembly.

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