Tunisia's ruling Islamists to step down after talks
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisia's ruling Islamist party has agreed to step down following negotiations with opposition parties that begin next week.
A spokesman for the main labour union said months of talks with the Islamist-led government had finally reached an agreement on Saturday. Mr Bouali Mbarki of the UGTT union says the deal calls for three weeks of negotiations to appoint an interim technocratic non-partisan government.
Tunisia has endured more than two years of turmoil, worsened by the assassination of a leading opposition figure in July.