Tunisian Islamists Disown PM Over Move to Defuse Crisis

TUNIS (Reuters) -

Tunisia’s governing Islamists rebuffed on Thursday a plan by their party chief and prime minister to replace the government after unrest erupted over the killing of an opposition leader, deepening the worst crisis since the country’s 2011 revolution.

Protesters torching the local headquarters of the Islamist Ennahda party and a police station in the provincial town of Kelibia.

Police fired teargas to scatter protesters near the Interior Ministry in Tunis and stone-throwing youths in the southern mining town of Gafsa, where at least seven were injured.

Protesters ransacked a police station in the capital, witnesses said. Hundreds of youths threw furniture, equipment and files into the street before fleeing.

Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali of Ennahda announced late on Wednesday he would dismiss the government led by his moderate Islamist party in favor of a non-partisan cabinet until elections could be held.