Tunisians call for govt's resignation

2013-10-23 19:34
A boy clenches his fist during a protest in Tunis, calling for the resignation of the government. (Hassene Dridi, AP)

A boy clenches his fist during a protest in Tunis, calling for the resignation of the government. (Hassene Dridi, AP)

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Tunis - Thousands of Tunisians have marched through the capital calling for the resignation of the Islamist-led government elected two years ago to the day.

The march comes as the ruling coalition and the opposition prepared to engage on Wednesday in a national dialogue aimed at crafting a new government of technocrats within the next three weeks.

The technocratic government will have the task of overseeing upcoming elections.

The protesters fear the government, led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, won't keep its promise to resign as part of the dialogue process.

A faltering economy and the assassination of two left-wing politicians have been used as evidence by opposition of the government's failings.

As the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, Tunisia's rocky transition to democracy is being closely watched.

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