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Armed Salafists shot at National Guard troopers at a checkpoint in Sidi Bouzid, then fled to a mosque and continued shooting; one Salafist was killed in the gunbattle and two policemen were injured. Security forces clashed with armed groups in Hasi El Frid in Kasserine province, and arrested 13 suspects after finding a weapons cache in El M'nihla in Airana province. Thousands of Tunisians protested against the nomination of Ali Larayedh as new Prime Minister.
The ruling Islamist Ennahda party named hardliner Ali Lareyedh, an interior minister, to replace resigning Prime Minister Jebali. The names of a number of prominent Tunisian journalists and politicians are appearing on published Salafist hit lists.
The ruling Islamist Ennahda party plans to pick a hardliner to replace outgoing Prime Minister Jebali, who resigned a few days ago. A Tunisian TV report claimed that opposition leader Chokri Belaid had been assassinated by a Salafist cell.
Prime Minister Jebali resigned after his proposal for a nonpartisan government was rejected by his Islamist Ennahda party. Salafist security patrols mobilized by Ansar al Sharia are operating in Tunis and other cities. A statue of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid was destroyed hours after it was installed. Tunisian Salafists destroyed a Sufi shrine in El Kef, and unknown attackers ransacked a shrine in Dahmani. Some 1,800 bars of gold worth almost 72 million euros have been smuggled out of Tunisia via France and moved on to Dubai or Istanbul since 2011.
Prime Minister Jebali said he will resign if a new cabinet he proposes on Feb. 16 is rejected. Factions from the Islamist Ennahda party vowed to protest changes in the cabinet. While some say Salafi jihadist groups in Tunisia are not yet plotting attacks within Tunisia, a Tunisian militant captured in the Id Amenas attack allegedly said attacks are now being planned against Tunisia.
The leader of the Islamist party Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi, rejected Prime Minister Jebali's proposal for a cabinet of technocrats and said the new coalition government must include politicians as well. Ghannouchi said he expected that Jebali, also an Ennahda party leader, would remain prime minister of the new coalition.
The al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia in Tunisia released photos and videos showing its members conducting "intensive security patrols" in areas "all over the country." President Marzouki's party rejected Prime Minister Jebali's plan for an interim cabinet, and insisted on the resignation of the Islamist interior, justice, and foreign ministers. Ennahda is dismissing rumors of disunity in its ranks, and threatened to take to the streets for more demonstrations.
Hundreds of Ennahda party supporters demonstrated in Tunis after massive opposition protests yesterday at the funeral of slain leader Chokri Belaid. Islamists denounced Prime Minister Jebali's offer to form a new cabinet; wanted Ansar al Sharia leader Abu Iyadh had warned Islamists on the day Belaid was killed that compromise with secularists amounts to "political suicide."
Protesters clashed with police in Tunis as crowds of 50,000 turned out for the funeral of slain opposition leader Chokro Belaid and chanted anti-regime slogans. Belaid's widow said her husband had received daily threats before his death; she holds Salafists and the ruling Islamist Ennahda party responsible.
Hundreds of protesters in Tunis and Gafsa called for regime change and clashed with police, continuing protests that began yesterday when opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot dead by two unknown assassins. Ennahda party officials as well as opposition parties rejected the plan announced by Prime Minister Jebali yesterday to dismiss the government and form an interim nonpartisan cabinet.
The ruling Islamist Ennahda party dissolved the government after prominent opposition leader Chokri Belaid was assassinated near his home and Ennahda offices were set on fire by protesters accusing the party of involvement in the assassination. A judge barred the broadcasting of an interview with Ansar al Sharia leader Abu Iyadh (a.k.a. Saif Allah bin Hussein), who allegedly organized the September 2012 attack on the US Embassy. Security forces are on heightened alert following reports that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb sleeper cells could be activated for attacks.
Tunisian Salafists set fire to the mausoleums of Sidi Abdeljabbar in Jammal and Sidi Amor Bouzid in Awlad Chamakh. There have been more than 30 such attacks on Sufi shrines in the country; the attacks have been met with mixed reactions from Tunisians.
President Marzouki's party, one of two secular parties that formed a coalition government with the Islamist Ennahda party, threatened to quit the government if the Islamist foreign and justice ministers are not dropped. The Unified Democratic Patriots Party said Salafists and Ennahda members attacked its meeting in El Kef on Feb. 2. In Tunis, 40 men tried to ransack the office of opposition party Nidaa Tounes.