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Tunisian president's party quits government

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  • Several thousand supporters of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party rallied in the capital in a pro-government demonstration Saturday, a day after the funeral of an assassinated opposition politician.

      Several thousand supporters of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party rallied in the capital in a pro-government demonstration Saturday, a day after the funeral of an assassinated opposition politician.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia -- Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki's secular party is quitting the coalition government in anger at the dominant Islamist party's handling of the country's political crisis.

The move by the Congress for the Republic party threatens to deepen the crisis, prompted by the killing of an opposition leader last week.

Marzouki was a longtime human rights activist whose ascension to the presidency was seen as a sign of Tunisia's democratic progress after it overthrew a longtime authoritarian president in 2011.

The state news agency TAP says the Congress for the Republic party said Sunday that it is quitting the coalition government, which is led by Islamist party Ennahda.

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