1. Assassination

    Tunisian Opposition Leader Killed

    Human rights activist and lawyer Mokhtar Trifi (L) and Basma Chokri (C), the wife of assassinated Tunisian opposition leader and outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid, mourn over the latter's death after he was shot dead with bullets fired from close range on February 6, 2013, at a clinic in Tunis. President Moncef Marzouki has cancelled his participation in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo and is heading back to Tunisia after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, the presidency said.  His assassination comes at a time when Tunisia is witnessing a rise in violence fed by political and social discontent two years after the mass uprising that toppled the former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID        (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wife of Chokri Belaid (center) mourning his death on Wednesday. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty)

    This doesn't bode well for Tunisia's fledgling democracy. A prominent secular opposition leader was shot to death Wednesday, with the government blaming extremist radical Muslims for his death. Chokri Belaid, 48, was the leader of the leftist Popular Front, and his family said he regularly received death threats—including one on Tuesday. Belaid had been an outspoken critic of Tunisia’s government, especially the powerful moderate Islamist party Ennahda. On Saturday Belaid accused "mercenaries" hired by Ennahda of attacking a Democratic Patriots meeting. Since its uprising two years ago—largely credited with kicking off revolutions throughout the Arab world—Tunisia has struggled to find balance between radical Islamist groups and more moderate parties. It's the first political assassination since Tunisia's revolution.

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