Tunisia extends state of emergency for 6 months

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - 2020/05/11: A health worker seen at the Charles Nicole hospital amid coronavirus crisis Tunisia recorded zero cases on May 10, 2020 so there remains a total of 1,032 infected cases and 45 deaths and 700 recovered from covid-19 disease. (Photo by Jdidi Wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA – 2020/05/11: A health worker seen at the Charles Nicole hospital amid coronavirus crisis
Tunisia recorded zero cases on May 10, 2020 so there remains a total of 1,032 infected cases and 45 deaths and 700 recovered from covid-19 disease. (Photo by Jdidi Wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Tunisian President Kais Saied decided Friday to extend the state of emergency, imposed throughout the country since November 2015, for six months.

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

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.

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