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Tunisian government talks delayed


Belaid’s wife, Besma Khalfaoui, who has become a symbol of Tunisia’s secular opposition and scourge of the ruling Islamists since her husband was gunned down outside their home in a Tunis suburb, was expected to attend the Jendouba ceremony.

Belaid’s family has accused an-Nahda of orchestrating his murder, a claim the Islamist party strongly denies.

As well as the row over the new government, there is deadlock over the drafting of the constitution, with parliament divided over the nature of Tunisia’s future political system 15 months after it was elected.

The country has been further destabilized by a spate of attacks blamed on radical Salafists.

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