Tunisian opposition party claims to be target of assassination attempt

December 29, 2012 8:59 am 

TUNIS, Dec. 29 — Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's former interim prime minister and head of secular opposition party Nida Tounes (Tunisia Call), claimed to have been the target of a foiled assassination attempt, El Maghreb newspaper reported Friday.

Nida Tounes held a rally in the southern island of Djerba last week, which was stormed by hundreds of people suspected to be close to the ruling party Ennahdha.

In an interview with El Maghreb newspaper, Essebsi revealed the incident, adding that some 2,000 members of his party remained under police protection for hours and that he had to spend a night at a hospital last Saturday for safety concerns.

Essebsi, an 86-year-old veteran politician and staunch opponent of Ennahdha, said he received the information from his body guards.

Several figures of Tunisian opposition parties denounced the increasing violence in the political arena, while Nida Tounes called for a probe into the incident. (PNA/Xinhua)

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