Assassination of opposition politician stokes political turmoil in Tunisia

By bne IntelliNews July 26, 2013

The assassination of Mohamed Brahmi on Tunisia’s national Independence Day has triggered centripetal forces stoking further political turmoil in the country.

Brahmi’s murder, the second of a secular politician this year following the killing of Chokri Belaid in February, has stoked mass protests in Tunis and other cities against the ruling mildly Islamist El Nahda party for their failure to address socio-economic issues as well as the constitutional impasse in the country.

The main labor union in the country has called for a nationwide strike on Friday to be joined with leftists, secularists and liberals.

Brahmi was a vocal critic of the ruling coalition led by the Islamist El Nahda party and a member of the Constituent Assembly charged with drafting a new constitution for the North African nation, which is split between Islamists and their opponents. The secular opposition to Islamist rule has been emboldened in Tunisia following the fall of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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