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8 august 2013 Last updated at 08:38 GMT  

Islamist-led government

Tens of thousands of Tunisians have turned up in force on the streets of downtown Tunis to demand the transitional government's ouster, in the largest opposition protest since the country's political crisis began anew two weeks ago.

The secular opposition, angered by two assassinations in its ranks and emboldened by the army-backed toppling of Egypt's Islamist president, is trying to topple Tunisia's Islamist-led government and dissolve the Constituent Assembly. The move comes weeks before the transitional Assembly is due to complete a draft constitution and new election law ahead of potential voting as early as late October.

In the hours before the protests, the head of the transitional Assembly suspended the body's work until the two sides opened dialogue. The freeze may strengthen the opposition's hand against the ruling Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, which has agreed to make some concessions but refuses to dissolve the Assembly or remove the prime minister.

The opposition protest comes just days after Ennahda came out in a show of force, drawing the largest crowd since the ouster of Tunisia’s autocratic leader in the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011. Ennahda said that demonstration drew some 150,000.

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