A riot policeman reacts to tear gas fired by his comrades during clashes with protesters in Kasserine, Tunisia January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Amine Ben Aziza
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Several thousand Tunisian police marched to the presidential palace on Monday to demand more pay in the latest challenge to Prime Minister Habib Essid's government after a week of protests and riots over jobs.Tunisia's government is facing increasing challenges including a split in the ruling party Nidaa Tounes, a stubborn Islamist militant insurgency, a weak economy and the explosion last week of social tensions over jobs and opportunities.That sparked protest and riots across the country until the government declared a nationwide curfew.Presidential guards blocked the road near the palace where around 3,000 police gathered in peaceful protest.France, Tunisia's former colonial ruler, last week pledged 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) over five years to help Tunisia deal with its transition to democracy.
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