First Published: 2013-02-03

 

Ennahda deploys ‘mercenaries’ to hold back political rivals in Tunisia

 

Political party accuses ‘mercenaries’ hired by Tunisia's ruling Islamists of carrying out attack on meeting of its members.

 

Middle East Online

Islamists increasingly resorting to violence

TUNIS - A political party accused "mercenaries" hired by Tunisia's ruling Islamists of carrying out an attack on a meeting of its members on Saturday.

"At the end of our meeting, a group of Ennahda mercenaries and Salafists attacked our activists (in the northwestern city of Kef)," said Chokri Belaid, coordinator of the Democratic Patriots, a left-leaning party.

"Scuffles broke out and a dozen of our members were injured," he added, cited by local radio stations.

Belaid condemned security forces for not having intervened.

The centrist Al Joumhouri party was prevented on Friday from holding a meeting in the town of Kairouan by activists who opposed an alliance they struck with two other opposition parties.

Al Joumhouri secretary general Maya Jribi said the meeting was disrupted by activists of the League for the Protection of the Revolution, a group supported by the Ennahda party.

The Islamist Ennahda came to power after a revolution that ousted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and has been accused of stifling freedom of expression and seeking to monopolise power.

The country is in the middle of a political crisis as talks on a long-overdue cabinet reshuffle to include a wider range of parties in a coalition led by Ennahda have broken down.

 

IS jihadists move closer than ever to central Damascus

UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed

Turkey police raid anti-Erdogan media group after British reporters jailed

Shebab attack Somalia AU base

Over 10,000 Icelanders ready to welcome Syrians

Turkey government says it 'had no role' in reporters' arrest

IS claims Tripoli car bomb near oil firm

Dispute with Israel government keeps Christian schools shut

Kuwait charges 24 'linked to Iran' with plotting attacks

New Turkey caretaker government holds first meeting

Dozens of Lebanon protesters occupy environment ministry

Will Erdogan's political gamble solve Turkey poll impasse?

Libya loyalist forces battle IS jihadists in Benghazi

South Sudan peace deal in jeopardy

Pressure builds on Europe as refugee crisis exposes splits

Israel confirms jail for Druze ex-MP over visit to Syria

Egypt much delayed elections to start on October 17

Palmyra temple appears ‘largely intact’ after ISIS blast

Turkey to offer cash rewards for tips on ‘terrorists’

Yemen children's hospital on the verge of shutting down

In gruesome video, ISIS shows burning alive of Iraq Shiite fighters

Four years after famine, situation in Somalia remains alarming

A year on, recapture of Yazidi hub remains a distant prospect

EU leaders call for action to defend migrants’ 'dignity'

IS blows up parts of famed Palmyra temple

Deadly fire at housing complex of Aramco in Saudi Arabia

In historic first, Saudi Arabia allows women to run in local elections

Israel repels protesters with tear gas at separation barrier in West Bank

ISIS brutality in Syria: Over 90 people executed in one month

Bashir to visit China despite international arrest warrant

Egypt summons British envoy in row over Al-Jazeera trial

Yemen war seeks to stop ‘Iran expansion’ in Arab region

Lebanon protesters to government: Meet our demands of face escalation

Calls for action on refugee crisis mount after Austrian tragedy

Kuwait lawmaker describes Iran as 'true enemy' of Gulf Arabs

Two French journalists charged with bid to blackmail Morocco King

Algeria detains former intelligence chief

Kurdish forces free seven Iraq villages from clasps of ISIS

Toll in Libya shipwreck tragedy rises to 111

Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in prison

UN to host new round of Libya peace talks next week

US names ‘First Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs’

Mounting death toll of security forces triggers questions in Turkey

Deadly terrorist blast rocks Karanah suburb in Bahrain

Brief truce between Syria regime and rebels collapses