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Exclusive: No country immune from turmoil over inequality: World Bank's Kim


No country in the world is immune from unrest arising from poverty and inequality, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told AFP in an exclusive interview.

The protests in Brazil, Turkey, and elsewhere show that even governments who have made significant efforts already cannot let up in programs to help the poor, he said.

"There's no country in the world that is immune from having this kind of citizen's movement rise up to demand even more," he said.

"It shows that the power of civil society and the power of citizens to rise up is unlike anything we've seen in history.

"We saw the Arab Spring, we're seeing it in Turkey, even in governments that have done so well in terms of paying attention to the needs of the poorest," he said.