Tunisia's Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa (C) arrives to deliver a speech in the constituent assembly and present his government in Tunis January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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Tunisia's new Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Tuesday appealed to the international community for financial support to help the North African country take the last steps in its transition to a full democracy.Three years after the uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali inspired similar revolts across the region, Tunisia on Monday adopted a new constitution. International lenders want a cut in subsidies as well as other reforms to trim Tunisia's widening budget deficit, which the government expects to jump to 6.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, compared to 6 percent in 2012 .Tunisian officials say the recent political and economic strides forward should be enough to persuade the International Monetary Fund to release a second, $500 million tranche from a $1.5 billion credit.
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