The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan for Tunisia to help finance economic reforms and face the consequences of two big militant attacks targeting its tourism industry.

The bank said on Friday the operation would aid restructuring of state banks and administration as a way to help economic growth.

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The North African state has mostly completed its democratic transition since the 2011 uprising that ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But international lenders want to see more economic reforms to help reduce the deficit and high public spending.

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