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Thousands Demand Tunisia Government Step Down

Tunisian people with flags chant slogans in front of the National Constituent Assembly on August 6 in Tunis.
Tens of thousands of people have gathered outside the building of the National Constituent Assembly in Tunis to demand the government led by the moderate Islamic movement Ennahda resign.

The planned protest started late on August 6 about the same time Ennahda party chief Rached Ghannouchi was quoted in the press as saying, "there are excessive demands at protests for the dissolution of the elected government" and rejecting any notions the government would step down.

Protesters timed their demonstration for the six-month anniversary of the killing of opposition leftist politician Chokri Belaid, but those outside the assembly building also held photographs of fellow leftist politician Muhammad Brahimi, who was assassinated on July 25.

Both killings have been blamed on Islamists and the Ennahda-led government is accused of failing to rein in extremists.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP