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Tunisia opposition aims for "alternative government"

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 - 01:18

July 26 - Tunisia's Popular Front party says it will launch an alternative government and force the current government to resign, after its member Mohamed Brahmi is shot dead. Lily Grimes reports.

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Tunisians are angry after opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead. Brahmi belonged to the Popular Front, whose then-leader Chokri Belaid was killed in a similar way in February. That led to the worst violence in Tunisia since President Ben Ali's fall in 2011. Protesters blame the main Islamist Ennahda party for the murder, the same group blamed for the death of Belaid. This man calls for the "Egyptian solution," referring to the army overthrow of the country's elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on the back of mass demonstrations two weeks ago. And echoes of the co-called Egyptian solution can be heard at the political level. Popular Front Spokesman Hamma Hammami says his party will launch an alternative government, saying Tunisia's rulers have lost their legitimacy. He's promoting a national rescue front, much like Egypt's National Salvation Front. As in Egypt, he hopes mass demonstrations will lead to the government's downfall. Tunisia's biggest union has called for a general strike later on Friday to protest Brahmi's killing.

Tunisia opposition aims for "alternative government"

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 - 01:18

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