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US to Give Tunisia $100 Million in Financial Assistance

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State  Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on Thursday that the United States will provide Tunisia with financial assistance to pay their debts.

The U.S. will fund Tunisia $100 million because it owes the World Bank and African Development Bank. Clinton said the assistance will help the North African nation focus on economic development and job growth after more than a year after what was dubbed ‘The Arab Spring” in which Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was removed from power after 23 years in power.

“As Tunisia progresses into the next phase of its historic democratic transition, the United States is working to help accelerate economic growth that benefits all, ensure that democracy delivers for the Tunisian people, and to help Tunisian businesses -- large and small -- become engines of job creation,” said Clinton.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Ousted Tunisian President

Photo Courtesy - Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images(TUNIS, Tunisia) -- Tunisia is seeking to arrest its ousted president, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, the country's justice minister announced Wednesday morning.

At a news conference, Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said an international arrest warrant was issued for Ben Ali.  The ousted president, who ruled Tunisia since 1987, fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14 following weeks of violent protests across the country that killed dozens of people.  Demonstrations erupted over allegations of government corruption, unemployment and rising food prices.

Tunisia's prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, tried to assume power after Ben Ali's departure, but protesters demanded his removal from government.  The highest legal authority in Tunisia, the Constitutional Council, then declared Parliament Speaker Fouad Mebazaa in control, with elections to be held soon.

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