Tunisia’s president Beji Caid Essebsi has decided to prolong a state of emergency enacted because of a terrorism threat for another month. A statement from President Beji Caid Essebsi office issued on Tuesday said he consulted the prime minister and the head of parliament about the extension. It takes effect immediately.
The state of emergency was put in place nearly 18 months ago. Presidential spokesman Ridha Boughezzi says the extra time is needed because of “the demands of the fight against terrorism.”
Tunisia suffered three major attacks in 2015: at the famed Bardo Museum, where 22 people died; at a beach hotel near Sousse, where 38 were killed; and in the center of Tunis on a bus carrying presidential guards, an attack that left 12 dead. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.