Dec 9, 2013
Second Opposition Leader Killed in Tunisia
Posted on Jul 25, 2013
Assassins shot and killed Tunisian opposition party leader Mohamed Brahmi outside his home Thursday in the second such incident in the birthplace of the Arab Spring since February.
Extremists were also blamed for the assassination of Chokri Belaid, another opposition leader, five months ago. That killing nearly derailed the country’s political transition.
Protests erupted quickly after Thursday’s slaying, blaming Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that leads the government. Demonstrators gathered outside the offices of the Interior Ministry in Tunis, calling on the group to give up power. Police forces were deployed to contain them.
In a statement released shortly after the killing, Ennahda called the assassination “a cowardly and despicable crime.”
Tunisia’s economy remains in crisis and clashes between secularists and devout Islamists occur regularly. Ennahda has been criticized for failing to rein in Islamist extremists who have become bolder since the revolution.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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