Chokri Belaid, a leftist critic of the Islamist government, was shot dead Wednesday outside his home. Tunisia’s first such political assassination in decades has thrown the government and the country into turmoil, widening rifts between the dominant Islamist Ennahda party and its secular-minded foes.
Feb. 11, 2013 A woman stands next to a poster of assassinated leftist politician Chokri Belaid during a demonstration calling for Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and his cabinet to step down, at the National Constituent Assembly in Tunis. The words on the poster read, “The comrade martyr Chokri Beliad, Secretary-General of the Unified National Democratic Party.” A party led by interim President Moncef Marzouki said Monday it had “frozen” its withdrawal from Tunisia's coalition government while talks continue on a political crisis sharpened by the killing of the opposition politician.Anis Mili/Reuters
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