Tunisia extends state of emergency

Tunisian President Kais Saied decided Wednesday to extend the state of emergency imposed throughout the country since November 2015, for an additional month.

“President Saied decided to extend the state of emergency in the entire territory of the republic for a period of 30 days, starting from April 30, 2020,” said a presidency statement without giving further details.

The extension of the state of emergency in Tunisia coincided with the government announcement of the national targeted lockdown strategy, which will start on May 4.

The state of emergency in Tunisia was first declared on Nov. 24, 2015, following a bloody bomb attack on a bus of the presidential guards, killing 12 agents.

Tunisian emergency law allows the authorities’ exceptional powers, including carrying out home arrests, banning official meetings, imposing curfews, monitoring media and press, prohibiting assemblies, and media censorship without permission from the judiciary.