Power struggle threatens top Tunisia party with collapse

The secularist Nidaa Tounes party was already weakened by the departure of its leader Beji Caid Essebsi, pictured, in line with the constitution after he was elected president last DecemberRival ambitions, insults and accusations of violence have brought Tunisia’s ruling party to the brink of collapse as the country struggles to lead the way towards a post-Arab Spring democracy. The secularist Nidaa Tounes party was already weakened by the departure of its leader Beji Caid Essebsi, in line with the constitution after he was elected president last December. It has now been riven for months by bad blood between its secretary general, Mohsen Marzouk, and the president’s son Hafedh Caid Essebsi, in what insiders are calling a “battle for succession”.

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