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IMF: Tunisia Not Asking for New Deal

FILE: Tunisia' President Kais Saied said earlier this month that Tunis will not accept what he called "diktats" from international lenders. Picture taken at Carthage Palace, Feb. 267, 2020.

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund said on April 13 it had not received any request from Tunisia to re-evaluate loan conditions while also denying it had imposed 'diktats' on the country as it considers a bailout package.

"The Tunisian authorities did not ask us to reconsider the program so far," Jihad Azour, director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, said in a press briefing in Washington, where the IMF and World Bank are holding their spring meetings.

"The Fund did not impose any diktats," Azour said, according to the TAP state news agency.

The IMF postponed in December its board meeting on a loan program for Tunisia that was scheduled to give the authorities more time to finalize it.

But Tunisia's President Kais Saied gave his clearest rejection yet of the terms of a stalled $1.9 billion IMF bailout package when he said last week he would not accept "diktats" and suggested that subsidy cuts could lead to unrest.