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Tunisia: Pro-government rally in the capital

August 4, 2013

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government gathered overnight in the capital at a time when the opposition has been calling on the government to quit.

The Saturday rally was organized by supporters of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party whose rule has come under threat by protests following the assassination of leading leftist politician Mohammed Brahmi on July 25. He was the second opposition figure to be assassinated this year in Tunisia.

The assassinations have plunged Tunisia — the birthplace of the Arab Spring — into a crisis with anti-government protests, the resignation of a cabinet minister, and a walkout by dozens of lawmakers.

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Ali Larayedh has rejected opposition demands that his government step down.

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