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transitional governments may find it politically difficult to
implement measures to maintain macroeconomic stability
and avoid a prolonged growth slump.
Measures that need to be implemented include a growth-
friendly fiscal adjustment to reduce generalized subsidies,
bolster investment, and strengthen targeted social safety nets.
International financing could facilitate a gradual fiscal ad-
justment. Greater exchange rate flexibility could improve the
ability of the economy to withstand and cope with external
shocks, while implementation of institutional and regulatory
reforms could raise potential growth and create greater and
more equal access to economic and employment opportu-
nities. As populations see new governments deliver higher
standards of living, this will also reduce the likelihood of a
recurrence of political instability.
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