Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister, Ali Larayedh, has resigned. In an agreement with secular opponents, Larayedh stepped down to make way for a caretaker government that will supervise new elections later this year.
The resignation of Larayedh and the dissolution of his coalition government represent a significant defeat for the Islamist Ennahda Party that won elections in 2011, following the ousting of former leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
The political transition comes as the government struggles with an ongoing fiscal crisis. Several cities around the country have been wracked by protests this week over high inflation, lack of jobs and new taxes.