Jabeen Bhatti, A. Khelifa and Josie Le Blond
February 7, 2013
The Tunisian Islamist-led government was dissolved late Wednesday after thousands took to the streets in outrage over the assassination of one of the government’s fiercest critics, throwing the country’s post-revolution transition into turmoil.
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jabali said he was replacing the government with technocrats unaffiliated with the ruling Islamists or its secular coalition partners after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, who was gunned down in front of his Tunis home Wednesday morning.
“(The murder) was a heinous crime against the Tunisian people,” he said. “The murder of Belaid is the assassination of the Tunisian revolution.”