CAIRO — An outspoken critic of Tunisia’s Islamist government was shot
dead outside his home Wednesday, underscoring a deepening political
rift between newly empowered Islamists and their secular opposition in
states across North Africa since the Arab Spring.
Chokri Belaid, an opposition leader with the leftist Popular
Front coalition, was assassinated in Tunis a day after he received the
latest in a string of death threats and called for a national conference
on political violence.
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