File - Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa talks to The Associated Press in Tunis. Ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday April 4, 2014, (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
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Tunisia's prime minister wants to fix ailing economyAhead of his Friday meeting with President Barack Obama, Tunisia's interim prime minister says the government at last has a handle on extremism and the transition to democracy is back on track. In Washington, Mehdi Jomaa will be talking about security in North Africa but also how the United States can support the troubled finances of Tunisia – which kicked off the region-wide pro-democracy uprisings in 2011 .Tunisia alone seems to be managing a transition characterized by consensus between political factions, but it hasn't been easy.Jomaa said that following initial setbacks, Tunisia's forces have now mastered the threat.Tunisia, however, has a good debt-to-GDP ratio of around 48 percent, allowing it to keep borrowing.
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