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Government Reportedly Agrees to Resign After Talks Begin

Rached Ghannouchi, January 2012. Image credit: Tunisia Live

The Tunisian government has reportedly agreed to begin direct talks with opposition parties in the coming days and will announce its commitment to resign, according to reports from several media outlets.

Radio station Mosaique FM reported late Friday that several leaders of the governing Ennahdha party, including party head Rached Ghannouchi, affirmed that the talks would begin this coming week.

“The dialogue will start on Monday or Tuesday,” Ennahdha representative Lotfi Zitoun told Reuters. “Ennahdha has accepted the plan without conditions to get the country out of the political crisis.”

The government will formally announce its commitment to resign when talks begin, according to Mosaique.

It is currently unclear whether the ruling coalition has accepted in full the roadmap proposal for dialogue advanced by the country’s largest labor union and three other civil society groups. Ennahdha had previously stated that it accepted the initiative in principle, but the union had demanded that it accepted the details of the plan.

The union's roadmap includes a three-week deadline for the government's resignation after direct talks begin.

Tunisia has been locked in a political stalemate since the assassination opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi on July 25.

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