Tunisia’s State of Emergency Extended Again

16:30 - February 19, 2022
News ID: 3477875
TEHRAN (IQNA) – The President of Tunisia on Friday extended the state of emergency in the country until December 31, 2022.

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This came according to a decision published by the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia in its issue released on Friday.

Kais Saied initially extended the state of emergency for six months from December 26, 2020, to June 23, 2021.

On June 24, he extended the state of emergency until July 23.

On July 24, Saied extended the state of emergency in the country for another six months, until January 19, before deciding to extend it until the end of 2022.

In late 2015, Tunisia declared a state of emergency following a terrorist incident. Since then, it has been extended several times with variable periods.

In May 2011, Tunisia witnessed terrorist acts that escalated in 2013, resulting in the deaths of dozens of security and military personnel and foreign tourists.

The state of emergency grants the Ministry of Interior exceptional powers, including banning meetings, introducing curfews, inspecting shops, monitoring the press, publications, radio broadcasts and film and theatre screenings.

These powers may be applied without prior permission from the judiciary – a matter that faces increasing international and domestic criticism.


Source: Middle East Monitor