(MENAFN) The state of emergency in Tunisia has been extended for another seven months, starting 12 March, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting a statement by the Tunisian presidency office.
"Following consultations with Prime Minister Yusuf Al-Shahid and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Nasser, President Beji Caid Essebsi has decided to extend the state of emergency for seven more months," the statement read.
The state of emergency was first imposed in Tunisia following the 2011 uprising, which toppled the 25-year long regime of the former President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
After the 2011 revolution, which overthrew the 25-year long regime of the former President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the state of emergency was imposed.
The state of emergency was renewed several times, most recently on 9 February.
Tunisian emergency law gives permission to the interior minister with exceptional powers, including carrying out home arrests, stopping official meetings, enforcing curfews, monitoring media and press, barring of assemblies and media censorship without judicial approval.