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Tunisian protesters call for Islamist-led government to quit as national dialogue set to start

  • A woman puts a heart shaped sticker on a police officer's shield during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thousands demonstrated in Tunisia on the day of the opening of the country's national dialogue calling for the Islamist-led government to keep its promise and resign to allow fresh elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    A woman puts a heart shaped sticker on a police officer's shield during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thousands demonstrated in Tunisia on the day of the opening of the country's national dialogue calling for the Islamist-led government to keep its promise and resign to allow fresh elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman shouts during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government.  Some thousands demonstrated in Tunisia on the day of the opening of the country's national dialogue calling for the Islamist-led government to keep its promise and resign to allow fresh elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    A woman shouts during a protest in Tunis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, calling for the resignation of the government. Some thousands demonstrated in Tunisia on the day of the opening of the country's national dialogue calling for the Islamist-led government to keep its promise and resign to allow fresh elections. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of Tunisians have marched through the capital calling for the resignation of the Islamist-led government elected two years ago to the day.

The march comes as the ruling coalition and the opposition prepared to engage Wednesday in a national dialogue aimed at crafting a new government of technocrats within the next three weeks.

The technocratic government will have the task of overseeing upcoming elections.

The protesters fear the government, led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, won't keep its promise to resign as part of the dialogue process.

A faltering economy and the assassination of two left-wing politicians have been used as evidence by opposition of the government's failings.

As the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, Tunisia's rocky transition to democracy is being closely watched.