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Tunisia President extends state of emergency for one month

Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia on December 13, 2021 [Tunisian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia on December 13, 2021 [Tunisian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisian President, Kais Saied, on Tuesday, extended the country's state of emergency for another month, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The extension will last until 18 February, according to the Tunisian official gazette.

Saied had extended the state of emergency before, on 24 July, for six months, ending on Wednesday.

Tunisia had first announced the state of emergency in 2015, following a terrorist attack. Since then, it has been extended by authorities.

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Under these measures, the Interior Ministry is granted emergency powers to stop meetings and gatherings, impose curfews, and clamp down on media organisations.

According to rights groups, these restrictions constitute violations of human rights and widespread abuses.

Is Tunisia's president Kais Saied like Louis XIV, King of France? - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

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