TUNIS, Tunisia, July 25 (UPI) -- A prominent member of the Tunisian opposition died Thursday from multiple gunshot wounds, the country's interior ministry said.
Mohammed Brahmi, a member of the Tunisian Parliament, was shot at least 11 times at his home in Aryanah, near Tunis, CNN Arabic reported.
Crowds of protesters gathered outside the interior ministry's office after Brahmi's death was announced. The demonstrators blamed the ruling party, Ennahda, for Brahmi's death and called on the party to relinquish power, The New York Times reported.
In a statement, Ennahda called Brahmi's assassination "a cowardly and despicable crime."
Brahmi, 58, was the leader of the Arab nationalist People's Party that is opposed to Ennahda party, an Islamist-led group that came into power after President Zine el Abidine ben Ali was ousted in January 2011.
Another opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, was assassinated five months ago.