A Tunisian secularist opposition leader was shot dead outside his home in the capital, sparking nationwide protests and an announcement by the prime minister that he would dissolve his Islamist-led government.
Chokri Belaid, a 47-year-old outspoken critic, was shot at close range as he was about to get into his car and go to work on Wednesday, according to the Tunisian Ministry of Interior. It was the first political assassination since a popular uprising forced out Tunisia's former dictator in January 2011, and came amid growing violence in a standoff between secular and religious forces in the country.
Thousands of Tunisians took to the streets in several cities after the attack. In the capital, Tunis, police used tear gas to disperse wailing demonstrators marching behind the ambulance carrying Mr. Belaid's body to the morgue. One policeman was killed during protests in Tunis, the government said.
Many protesters chanted "the people want the fall of the regime" and other slogans that echoed through Tunisia's streets during the revolution two years ago, witnesses said. This time, however, the ruling party, Ennahda, bore the brunt of the popular rage.
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who is from the Islamist party, said late Wednesday he would dissolve the government and form a national unity cabinet of technocrats in a bid to head off the deepening crisis.
And the same story is echoing in Egypt, with thousands of protestors wanting an end to their regime. Why?
Why is the Islamic model not working?
My take on this is that we have the leaders in place, but we don't have the system in which this leadership will work. We still hold the "state" as "sovereign" and not Allah as the Sovereign.
Any thoughts on this are welcome.