Tunisia declares State of Emergency


Following the terrorist attack which killed 38 tourists and injured 39 others at a Tunisian beach resort at Sousse last weekend President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a state of emergency.

The nationwide State of Emergency will run from 4th July (yesterday) until 2nd August according to the Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP). The article states that “Under Article 80 of the Constitution, the state of emergency is declared in case of imminent danger threatening institutions of the nation and the security and independence of the country and obstructing the proper functioning of the public authorities.”

The President, in a TV broadcast to the nation, urged a ‘popular mobilisation against terrorism’. He said that because Tunisia had chosen to establish a civil state with a Republican system it had become the target of Daesh (ISIL) which opposed any such systems. The President also mentioned the perilous situation in Libya with which is shares a border to the east. He said that Libya was no longer a state and was in the hands of armed groups which threatened Tunisia.

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