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Associated Press, Published September 21 2013

Tunisia union talks end in stalemate

TUNIS, Tunisia – The Tunisian political crisis prompted by the assassination of a leading opposition figure deepened Saturday after the main labor union said talks with the Islamist-led government had failed.

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, non-partisan replacement.

The death of Mohammed Brahmi, who was gunned down July 25, plunged Tunisia into its current crisis, as dozens of opposition lawmakers quit, freezing efforts to write a new constitution. Street protests and political paralysis have crippled the country.