Protesters throw stones during demonstrations against rising prices and tax increases, in Tebourba, Tunisia, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisia's main opposition party Tuesday called for protests to continue until the government scraps its "unjust" 2018 budget including price and tax hikes, as new demonstrations erupted a day after one demonstrator was killed in clashes. Protests erupted in more than 10 towns across Tunisia Monday against the price and tax increases imposed by the government to reduce its ballooning deficit and satisfy its international lenders.Tunisia has had nine governments since then and none of them have been able to tackle the growing economic problems.Late last year, the government agreed to a four-year loan program with the International Monetary Fund worth about $2.8 billion in return for economic reforms.The 2011 uprising and two major militant attacks in Tunisia in 2015 damaged foreign investment and tourism, which accounts for 8 percent of its economic activity.
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