Tunisia opposition plans anti-govt protests as mediation talks fail
TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisia's Islamist-led coalition has failed to agree with the opposition on how to end weeks of political deadlock, mediators said on Saturday, ahead of planned anti-government protests.
Tunisia was plunged into crisis by the July 25 assassination of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi, the second of its kind in six months, with both attacks blamed on militant Salafists.
The powerful UGTT trade union, which has been playing the role of mediator, on Saturday presented the government's latest proposals on resolving the crisis to opposition group, the National Salvation Front (NSF).
But after the meeting, Mr Hamma Hammami, a representative of the opposition, said the group had replied to the ruling coalition's proposals and that "the key to ending the crisis is in the (government's) hands".