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Tunisian Officials Differ Over Urgency of Securing IMF Deal

Kais Saied
Kais SaiedPhotographer: Wassim Jdidi/AFP/Getty Images

Tunisia’s president and central bank chief appeared to diverge on the urgency of securing an IMF bailout, with the nation split over painful austerity measures necessary to secure a deal. 

President Kais Saied and Marouane El Abassi, governor of the bank, met late Wednesday as Tunisia faces its worst economic crisis in a decade. Talks with the International Monetary Fund for a rescue package were paused in July, just before Tunisians voted on constitutional reforms that formalized Saied’s sweeping powers.