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Year after Belaid's murder, Tunisia turmoil eases

The assassination of prominent Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid a year ago Thursday ignited a crisis which is only now starting to ease following the adoption of a new constitution. On February 6, 2013, Tunisians were stunned to learn of the death of the 48-year-old lawyer and leftist politician who had been a fierce critic of Ennahda, the Islamist party that rose to power after the first Arab Spring uprising toppled a long-ruling dictator.

Suspected killer of Tunisia's Belaid slain one year on

The suspected Islamist assassin of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose death last February sparked social and political upheaval, has been killed in a police raid, the government said Tuesday. Belaid was a charismatic leftist politician and virulent critic of the Islamist party Ennahda then in power. His murder triggered massive anti-government protests and a crisis from which Tunisia has only recently started to emerge.

Year after MP's murder, Tunisia turmoil slowly abating

The assassination of prominent Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid a year ago Thursday ignited a crisis which is only now starting to ease following the adoption of a new constitution. On February 6, 2013, Tunisians were stunned to learn of the death of the 48-year-old lawyer and leftist politician who had been a fierce critic of Ennahda, the Islamist party that rose to power after the first Arab Spring uprising toppled a long-ruling dictator.

Year after MP's murder, Tunisia turmoil slowly abating

The assassination of prominent Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid a year ago Thursday ignited a crisis which is only now starting to ease following the adoption of a new constitution. On February 6, 2013, Tunisians were stunned to learn of the death of the 48-year-old lawyer and leftist politician who had been a fierce critic of Ennahda, the Islamist party that rose to power after the first Arab Spring uprising toppled a long-ruling dictator.

Tunisia's Larayedh, Islamist PM downed by political murders

Tortured under Tunisia's ousted dictatorship, Islamist premier Ali Larayedh preached reconciliation during his turbulent 11 months in office but twin political assassinations eventually forced his resignation Thursday. Larayedh took office last February, after the murder of leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid by suspected jihadists brought down his Islamist predecessor Hamadi Jebali.

Tunisia Islamist chief rejects demand for neutral government

By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - The chairman of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government on Thursday and said the experience of Egypt should prompt parties to engage in more dialogue to resolve the country's crisis. Ennahda party chairman Rached Ghannouchi said he could accept the creation of a national unity government if all political parties were represented, but a cabinet of technicians could not "manage the delicate situation in the country."

Tunisia ruling party leader calls for non-partisan cabinet

By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - The secretary general of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party said on Wednesday he favored a non-partisan cabinet in what may be a significant concession to the secular opposition after weeks of anti-government unrest. Tens of thousands rallied on Tuesday in downtown Tunis in an escalation of protests since the July 25 assassination of opposition figure Mohammad Brahmi, the second such killing this year. Radical Islamists were blamed for both attacks.

Tunisia: murders fuel six months of political crisis

Tunisia has been plunged into a deep political crisis since the assassination last month of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Authorities say he was killed with the same weapon used to gun down a fellow opposition politician, MP Chokri Belaid, in February. The families of both men have accused the moderate Islamic party Ennahda which hads a governing coalition of being implicated in the deaths, but the authorities said in July that the investigation pointed to extremists with links to Al-Qaeda. Here is a timeline of the political crisis unleashed by the two deaths:

Tunisia, IMF 'close' to $1.78-bn loan deal

Tunisia and the International Monetary Fund announced on Tuesday that they were close to agreeing in principle on a $1.75-billion loan, after negotiations were held up by a political crisis. "The IMF and the Tunisian government are close to an agreement in principle on the granting of a 1.75-billion-dollar (1.3 billion euro) loan," IMF deputy director for the Middle East and Asia Amine Mati told reporters. A final decision by the IMF could be taken in May for the loan with a 1.08 percent interest rate, he added.

Tunisians mark 40 days since political killing

Several thousand people demonstrated on Saturday on the 40th day of mourning after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, a critic of the ruling Islamists whose death plunged Tunisia into turmoil. People began gathering in the cemetery in southern Tunis where Belaid is buried. He was gunned down outside his home on February 6 in a killing blamed by the authorities on radical Islamists, denying any involvement. Several arrests in the case have been made, but the suspected killer remains at large.
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