Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa speaks during an exclusive interview with AFP journalists at his residence in Tunis on April 25, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID)
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Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said in an interview with AFP Friday that, despite progress, Tunisia still has to eradicate the jihadist threat, reform the economy and hold elections.Jomaa said ahead of a two-day visit to France beginning Monday that he wished to project a new image of the country that sparked the Arab Spring.Jomaa heads an independent government that took office early this year to lead Tunisia out of a festering political crisis fuelled by jihadist violence, a stagnant economy and mistrust between the Islamist Ennahda party -- the majority in the assembly -- and its opponents.On the economy, Jomaa admitted the need for unpopular reforms in a country where government jobs account for a third of the state budget.
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