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Negotiations on Tunisia political crisis fail

TUNIS, Tunisia — The Tunisian political crisis prompted by the assassination of a leading opposition figure deepened on Saturday after the main labor union said talks with the Islamist-led government had failed, casting doubt on the country’s ability to emerge from more than two years of turmoil.

Houcine Abassi, leader of the UGTT labor union representing 500,000 workers, said the government was stalling in response to demands that it resign and make way for an interim, nonpartisan replacement. The union, opposition lawyers, and human rights advocates say the government’s inability to ensure security led to the killings of two opposition figures in July and February.

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