(TUNIS, Tunisia) — Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s attempts at quelling civil unrest following the assassination of an opposition leader aren’t going over very well.
On Wednesday, Jebali announced that he would form a new government free of political affiliations in an effort to stop demonstrators’ clashes with police.
However, the prime minister’s party, Ennahda, has disagreed with his decision and is calling for a minor reshuffling of government officials.
Now, Jebali is caught in the middle of a feud that threatens to spin out of control. Meanwhile, a funeral is planned on Friday for opposition leader Chokri Belaid, who was gunned down earlier in the week outside his home in the capital of Tunis. A pro-Ennahda “militia” is considered a suspect in the murder.
Belaid, who helped lead a leftist coalition, was critical of Tunisia’s moderate Islamist government.
It was in January 2011 that pro-democracy demonstrations forced the resignation of Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The revolution ushered in what came to be known as the “Arab Spring,” a movement that has had monumental repercussions throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa since then.
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Serenitie Wang, CNN Newswire
Paula Newton, CNN Newswire