July 25 - A Tunisian opposition was shot dead on Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead on Thursday in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere. The politician's wife said Brahmi had left the house after receiving a telephone call. She heard shots and found his body lying on the ground outside as two men fled on a motorcycle. Brahmi belonged to the secular, Arab nationalist Popular Front party, whose then-leader, Chokri Belaid, was killed in a similar way on Feb. 6. His death ignited the worst violence in Tunisia since President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fell in 2011. Divisions between Islamists and their secular opponents have deepened since the popular uprising against Ben Ali, which unleashed unrest across the Arab world, unseating rulers in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and leading to a civil war in Syria. Brahmi, 58, was a critic of the Ennahda-led ruling coalition and a member of the Constituent Assembly that has drafted a new constitution for the North African nation of 11 million. The assassination drew swift international condemnation.