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Anger, protests as Tunisian opposition leader shot dead

Prominent Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot dead outside his home in Tunis on Wednesday, sparking angry protests by his supporters and attacks on offices of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party. President Moncef Marzouki denounced the killing of Belaid, an outspoken critic of his government, as an "odious assassination", while Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi told AFP the killers wanted a "bloodbath."

Chokri Belaid, fierce opponent of Tunisia's Islamists

Chokri Belaid, who was gunned down outside his home on Wednesday, was a fierce opponent of Tunisia's ruling Islamists and a pan-Arab, left-wing activist propelled to the front of the political scene after the revolution. The head of the Party of Democratic Patriots (PPD), which was legalised in March 2011, did not pull any punches in attacking Ennahda, which heads the coalition government, and its veteran leader Rached Ghannouchi.

Anger, protests as Tunisian opposition leader shot dead

Prominent Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot dead outside his home in Tunis on Wednesday, sparking angry protests by his supporters and attacks on offices of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party. President Moncef Marzouki denounced the killing of Belaid, an outspoken critic of his government, as an "odious assassination", while Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi told AFP the killers wanted a "bloodbath" in Tunisia.

Tunisian opposition leader shot dead

Outspoken government critic and leading Tunisia leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot dead on Wednesday, sparking angry protests by his supporters and attacks on offices of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party. The murder prompted President Moncef Marzouki to cut short a foreign tour, one of his advisers Ghassen Dridi told AFP, as the presidency urged "restraint and wisdom". Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali denounced the murder as an "act of terrorism" while the presidency in a statement dubbed it an "odious" crime designed to "lead the Tunisian people to violence."

Tunisian opposition leader shot dead

Opposition leader and outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid was shot dead Wednesday, in what the Tunisian premier called "an act of terrorism", as the country grapples with growing political instability. The murder prompted President Moncef Marzouki to scrap a trip to Cairo where he was due to attend a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and return home in the afternoon, one of his advisers, Ghassen Dridi, told AFP.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Belaid's murder 'act of terrorism' against Tunisia: PM

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali denounced Wednesday the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid as an "act of terrorism" against Tunisia. "This is a criminal act, an act of terrorism not only against Belaid but against the whole of Tunisia," Jebali from the ruling Islamist Ennahda party told FM Radio Mosaique, promising to pursue all efforts to "immediately" arrest the murderer. Belaid, a left-leaning politician and a harsh critic of the Tunisian government, was shot dead Wednesday morning as he left his home in Tunis, his family said. nm-alf/jds
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