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26 Nov 2020 | 02:39 AM UTC

Tunisia: Authorities extend state of emergency until December 25 /update 8

Tunisian government extends state of emergency until December 25; heed official instructions



The Tunisian government has announced the extension of the nationwide state of emergency for an additional month until December 25.

The state of emergency gives the authorities additional powers, such as the suspension of certain civil rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution, in the interest of maintaining civil order as part of broader counterterrorism and anti-corruption efforts. Specifically, under the state of emergency, authorities can ban strikes and gatherings deemed likely to cause disorder, temporarily close theaters and bars, impose curfews, and exercise control over the press and other types of publications.


Tunisia has been under a near-constant state of emergency since June 2015. Although briefly lifted in October 2015, it was reinstated following the November 2015 bus bombing that killed a dozen security guards in downtown Tunis. 


Individuals in Tunisia are advised to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. Certain Western governments advise against travel to the south of the country (e.g. regions on the borders with Algeria and Libya, and in Kasserine province), due to the presence of armed groups.

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