Tunisia faces strike after opposition MP Brahmi killed
TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia's president declared a day of mourning on Friday after gunmen shot dead a leading opposition figure, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil, sparking protests and prompting calls for a general strike.
National airline Tunisair cancelled all flights on Friday, with more street protest expected amid allegations of government connivance in the killing.
MP Mohamed Brahmi, 58, of the leftist Popular Movement,was assassinated on Thursday outside his home in Ariana, near Tunis, by gunmen on a motorbike, witnesses said.
"He was riddled with bullets in front of his wife and children," Mr Mohsen Nabti, a fellow member of the small movement, said in a tearful account aired on Tunisian radio.