Unemployed graduates shout slogans during a demonstration to demand the government provide them with job opportunities, on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis, Tunisia January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid pleaded Saturday for people to be "patient" after a wave of protests against poverty and unemployment in the worst social unrest since the 2011 revolution.It was the worst social unrest since the revolution five years ago that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.There have been 261 arrests over the unrest and 84 for curfew violations on Friday, the interior ministry said.Saturday's cabinet session comes after Essid earlier this month replaced his foreign and interior ministers in the first reshuffle since Essebsi took office in late 2014 .While Tunisia is considered a rare Arab Spring success story, the authorities have failed to resolve the problems of social exclusion and regional inequalities.Two attacks last year targeting Tunisia's vital tourism industry killed 60 people -- all but one foreign tourists -- and were claimed by ISIS.
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