TUNIS — Tunisia's governing Islamist party has agreed to step down following negotiations with opposition parties that begin next week.
A spokesman for the main labor union said months of talks with the Islamist-led government had finally reached an agreement Saturday. Bouali Mbarki of the UGTT union said the deal calls for three weeks of negotiations to appoint an interim, non-partisan government.
Tunisia has endured more than two years of turmoil, worsened by the assassination of a leading opposition figure in July.
As recently as a week ago, the union, which represents 500,000 workers, said talks on a way out of the country's political impasse had failed. The union, the opposition, lawyers and human rights advocates had said the governing Ennahda Party's inability to ensure security led to the killings of one opposition figure in July and another one in February.