Tunisian Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomaa is seen in Tunis, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.(AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
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Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa warned Monday that the country's economic woes could become "catastrophic," saying that people will have to make sacrifices.Tunisia's economic recovery since its 2011 revolution has been hampered by political instability, social unrest and Islamist violence.Jomaa said that the national budget had a 4 billion dinar ($2.5 billion) hole in it.Last week, the World Bank announced a $1.2 billion program to support economic and political reform in Tunisia after the adoption in January of a new constitution.Social discontent in Tunisia often leads to violence, especially in the impoverished center of the country, where a street vendor set himself on fire more than three years ago in a desperate act of protest that launched the first Arab Spring uprising.Since the 2011 uprising, Tunisia has been hit by sporadic violence linked to radical Islamists, who were blamed for the assassinations last year of two secular politicians.
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