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Economy and Finance Minister Dominique Strauss-Khan urged African members of the franc zone on Thursday to tighten the financial discipline of their economies, AFP reported. Opening a meeting of the 14-nation CFA zone in Dakar, he said governments needed urgently to slash their budget deficits and reduce outstanding debts. Such action, he said, would enable these nations - many of them among the world's poorest - to get help from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank

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