Tunisia extends ‘state of emergency’ amid border fears

Published February 22nd, 2016 - 03:30 GMT
Tunisian lawmakers are imposing regulations to keep the country safe amid growing unrest nearby. (AFP/File)
Tunisian lawmakers are imposing regulations to keep the country safe amid growing unrest nearby. (AFP/File)
President Béji Caïd Essebsih[ extended for another month the state of emergency as of Monday February 22, 2016.

In a statement to TAP, official spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic Moez Sinaoui said, on Sunday, that the President of the Republic decided on an extension of the state of emergency, “after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR), on the issues related to national security notably the situation in the borders and in the region.”

Tunisia borders Libya, which has recently seen an increase in Daesh activity. The border has also been the site of altercations with drug smugglers and foreigners attempting to travel to Libya to train with militants. Tunisia recently completely a large border fence and has increased military presence along the Libyan border.

The Head of State decreed, on November 24, 2015, the state of emergency in the country, for a month following a militant attack against a presidential guard bus in the capital, that killed 12. On December 22, 2015, the state of emergency was extended for another two months, until February 21, 2016.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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