Supporters of Tunisia's Islamist party take to streets of Tunis
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 00:39
Feb. 16 - Supporters of Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party demonstrate in the capital Tunis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Two years ago, a popular revolt toppled the government of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia.
Tunisia's Ennahda party won elections after the revolt they did not start, but after years of preaching that "Islam is the solution" the well-organized Islamist group has collided with the complexity of managing modern economies and governing unruly societies.
Ennahda supporters took to the streets of Tunis on Saturday to express their support for the government.
Last week's assassination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid plunged Tunisia into its worst crisis since the uprising and raised fears of violence in a country where an Islamist-led government faces strong liberal and secular opposition.
Gritty political transitions are under way in nations in the Arab world where "revolution" has triumphed, ushering in contests over power, identity and religion, continued economic and social malaise, new opportunities for Islamist radicals, lawlessness and a surge in sexual violence against women that has gained publicity.
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