Magharebia (Washington DC)

Tunisians Demand Chokri Belaid Murder Probe

More than 3,000 Tunisians rallied in downtown Tunis on Saturday (February 23rd) to demand an investigation into the killing of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Tunisia Live reported.

The protest on Habib Bourguiba Avenue came after the ruling Islamist Ennahda party named Interior Minister Ali Laârayedh as prime minister.

Laârayedh was to start work Saturday on forming a new government after Hamadi Jebali stepped down in the face of a political deadlock, AFP reported.

Efforts were focused on adding the Wafa Movement and the Liberty and Dignity bloc to the current ruling coalition of Ennahda, Ettakatol and President Moncef Marzouki's Congress for the Republic, Rached Ghannouchi said Friday night.

"The questions of neutrality... and the candidacy of members of the new government have not yet been resolved," the Ennahda chief told TAP.

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