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Tunisian President's Party Delays Quitting Government

The party of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki says it will not yet resign from the country's Islamist-led coalition government.

The center-left Congress for the Republic Party, or CPR, had said its government ministers would quit Monday if the foreign and justice ministers were not replaced. The demand followed the assassination last week of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

CPR has criticized the performance of the two ministers -- one of whom, Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem, is the son-in-law of Ennahda party leader Rachid Ghannouchi.

The party says it will remain in the government for another week and see how the political situation develops.



Ennahda dominated Tunisia's first free elections. Mr. Marzouki's party and the secular Ettakatol party also hold some government seats.

Belaid was one of Ennahda's most outspoken critics and his murder has sparked calls for a new government.

His killing has thrown the government and country into turmoil, widening rifts between the dominant Islamist Ennahda party and its secular foes.

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