Tunisian government and opposition to start talks Saturday: mediator

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Posted: Oct 03, 2013 1:40 PM
Tunisian government and opposition to start talks Saturday: mediator

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's ruling Islamists and their secular opponents will start three weeks of negotiations on Saturday to allow the government to step down and make way for a caretaker cabinet until elections, a labor union mediating the talks said.

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party has agreed that its government will resign after the talks as a way to end weeks of political deadlock in the country that began the 2011 Arab Spring revolts across the region.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Kevin Liffey)