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Tunis to decide on Salafist rally ban

17 May 2013, 16:16

Tunis - The Tunisian government will decide by Saturday whether to allow or ban Salafists from holding their annual congress, the interior minister said on Friday rejecting "death threats" made by the radical Islamists.

"The final decision will be taken today or tomorrow," Lotfi Ben Jeddou told Kalima radio.

"The government will not be swayed by death threats," he added.

The hardline Salafist movement, Ansar al-Sharia, has vowed to go ahead with its annual congress in the historical central city of Kairouan on Sunday and warned that the government will be responsible "for any drop of blood spilt".



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