Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid leads an emergency cabinet meeting on January 23, 2016 in Tunis following a wave of protests and clashes. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid held an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday, after authorities declared a nighttime curfew nationwide following the worst outbreak of social unrest since the 2011 revolution.Authorities arrested 261 people over the unrest and 84 for violating the curfew Friday, the interior ministry said.Saturday's cabinet session comes after Essid earlier this month replaced his foreign and interior ministers in the first cabinet reshuffle since Essebsi took office in late 2014 .France Friday pledged one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in development aid to Tunisia over the next five years, after Essid held talks with French President Francois Hollande.While Tunisia is considered a rare success story of the Arab Spring uprisings, the authorities have failed to resolve the problems of social exclusion and regional inequalities.
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