Tunisia opposition says talks end in stalemate after politician's assassination

The head of a Tunisian labor union negotiating with the Islamist-led government to end weeks of political paralysis following the assassination of an opposition figure says the talks have failed.

Houcine Abassi said Saturday the government was stalling after opposition demands that its leaders resign and make way for an interim non-partisan government.

The talks began after the July 25 assassination of Mohammed Brahmi, who was gunned down outside his home. Brahmi was the second Tunisian opposition leader killed in six months — in February, Chokri Belaid, was fatally shot under similar circumstances by what the moderate Islamist government has described as "religious extremists."

Strikes, street protests and political paralysis have crippled Tunisia, where protesters overthrew their decades-old authoritarian government in January 2011.