Tunisia's ruling party start talks with opposition

Ennahda and the opponents began talks for a transitional government.

Tunisia's ruling party start talks with opposition

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tunisia's ruling Ennahda and their opponents on Saturday began crucial talks meant to make way for a transitional government and end political deadlock in the North African country.

Tunisia, where an uprising two years ago began the "Arab Spring" revolts, has been in crisis for weeks after the assassination of an opposition leader triggered protests.

Negotiations are still delicate, but Ennahda has agreed it will step down at the end of three weeks of talks to decide on the composition of the caretaker administration and set a date for new elections.

"It's a fragile balance now, we have to work to find a consensus," said Maya Jibri, a leader of a secular opposition party at talks in the Palais de Congres hall in central Tunis.

After autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by street protests in 2011, divisions over the political role of Islam have split Tunisia, one of the most secular nations in the Muslim world.

Last Mod: 05 Ekim 2013, 23:36
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