Tunisia Live Blog
Tunisia's Abou Iyadh, leader of the Salafist movement, makes fiery video statement.
Abou Iyadh, also known as Seif Allah Ben Hassine, the leader of Tunisia's ultra-conservative Ansar al-Sharia movement, has condemned the ruling coalition in a video statement published online on the eve of the anniversary of Tunisia's October 23, 2011 election.
Ben Hassine is allegedly one of the main instigators of the violent protests outside the US embassy in Tunisia on September 14.
In the video, Ben Hassine says the Ennahdha-led government has strayed from the path of Islam, and criticised the foreign affairs minister Rafik Abdessalem, a member of the Islamist party, for having expressed relief that no Americans were killed during the violence in September, without directly naming him.
"You are humiliated. Everyone hates you, everyone looks down on you," he said of the government. "You have been extraordinarily submissive in your decisions."
He called President Moncef Marzoui, leader of the secular-left Congress an Arabic term that loosely translates as "the jerk".
"He [Marzouki] doesn't have any power and America controls him and his government," Lyadh said.
Although Ben Hassine is wanted by police, the Salafist has mysteriously managed to evade arrest leading many Tunisian opposition activists to accuse the interior ministry of complicity.