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Thousands of Tunisians call for gov't resignation

Tunisian protesters call for Islamist-led government to quit as national dialogue set to start

A woman shouts during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thousands demonstrated in Tun...
Demonstrators dressed like clowns shout during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thou...
People raise their arms during protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thousands demonstrated...
Demonstrators shout during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thousands demonstrated i...
A demonstrator holds a poster reading "No retreat" during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government....
A woman puts a heart shaped sticker on a police officer's shield during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of t...
A man shouts during a protest in Tunis,  Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thousands demonstrated in Tuni...

Tunisia

A woman shouts during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thousands demonstrated in Tun...

Tunisia

Demonstrators dressed like clowns shout during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thou...

Tunisia

People raise their arms during protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thousands demonstrated...

Tunisia

Demonstrators shout during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thousands demonstrated i...

Tunisia

A demonstrator holds a poster reading "No retreat" during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government....

Tunisia

A woman puts a heart shaped sticker on a police officer's shield during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of t...

Tunisia

A man shouts during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thousands demonstrated in Tuni...

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Thousands of Tunisians have marched through the capital calling for the resignation of the Islamist-led government elected two years ago to the day.

The march comes as the ruling coalition and the opposition prepared to engage Wednesday in a national dialogue aimed at crafting a new government of technocrats within the next three weeks.

The technocratic government will have the task of overseeing upcoming elections.

The protesters fear the government, led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, won't keep its promise to resign as part of the dialogue process.

A faltering economy and the assassination of two left-wing politicians have been used as evidence by opposition of the government's failings.

As the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, Tunisia's rocky transition to democracy is being closely watched.


Updated : 2021-08-01 14:21 GMT+08:00