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Work on Tunisia's draft constitution is put on hold.
Tunisian authorities on Tuesday suspended the constituent assembly, the body tasked with drafting a new constitution, until the government can hold talks with the opposition, according to Al Jazeera.
There have been daily protests calling for the group to be disbanded after committee member Mohamed Brahmi was murdered on July 25, said Deutsche Welle.
Earlier on Tuesday, according to Reuters, tens of thousands of protesters rallied in the capital, Tunis, calling for the transitional government to quit.
Tunisia's assembly speaker said the group's work will be put on hold until "dialogue commences" between the nation's Islamist leadership and the largely secular opposition, reported BBC News.
The assembly was believed close to finishing a draft constitution (eight months behind schedule, according to the BBC).
Earlier Tuesday, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh told the assembly to "hurry and finish the constitution quickly" so they could hold elections; but hours later, constituent assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar publicly announced the group's suspension, said the BBC.
Jaafar also criticized the authorities' response to the crisis. "Despite the gravity of the situation and instead of working towards unity, party leaders have unfortunately gone in the opposite direction — towards division," the BBC cited him as saying.
"The people are fed up with this situation and can no longer tolerate this wait."