‘‘With this increase, Ennahda and its allies have a comfortable majority to confront calls doubting our legitimacy in the assembly,’’ said Ziad Doulatli, a member of the party’s ruling council. Opposition parties had suspended their participation in the body after Wednesday’s assassination.
Opposition attacks on the governing coalition in the wake of the assassination may have gone too far, according to the Mancer, the presidential spokesman. He said some political figures were under investigation for inciting the army to deny the state’s legitimacy — without mentioning any names.
Belaid’s family and associates blame Ennahda for complicity in his killing, but have not offered proof, and other opposition figures have claimed there is a list of potential targets. Ennahda denies any involvement.
‘‘It is the Ennahda and no one else that killed him,’’ the slain politician’s father Salah Belaid at his home as mourners came to pay their respects. ‘‘He told me, ‘Father, they are targeting me’ ... most of the time he wasn’t sleeping at his home.’’
In an autopsy attended by the country’s chief prosecutor Wednesday night, the coroner removed three bullets from Belaid’s body as well as pieces of glass from the car window the gunmen shot him through.
Opposition parties had hailed Jebali’s attempt to form a new government as courageous. The year-old government has often been criticized for being unable to tackle the country’s problems, chief among them high unemployment and an economy battered by Europe’s financial crisis and too few tourists.
‘‘It’s a recognition of the need to totally change the government which is incapable of running the country,’’ said Taieb Baccouche, secretary-general of the right-of-center Tunisia’s Call party, one of the main opposition parties. ‘‘There has to be immediate consultation between all the parties involved to avoid unilateral decisions.’’
The country’s largest labor union, the General Union of Tunisian Workers, called for a general strike on Friday in a clear expression of their opposition to the Ennahda government. A threat to call a general strike in December was defused by negotiations.
As one of the most organized groups in society and with a left-wing leadership, the UGTT, as it is known, has long been a counterbalance to Ennahda’s formidable grass roots network. The last time it called a general strike, in 1978, riots erupted around the country.
Associated Press reporters Oleg Cetinic in Tunis and Paul Schemm in Rabat contributed to this report.