Tunisia extends state of emergency for another 3 months

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TUNIS, (Xinhua): Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has extended the country’s state of emergency for another three months, the official TAP press agency reported on Friday evening, quoting a communique from the presidency of the republic.

The decision was taken following consultation with outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and the speaker of the Constituent Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the communique said.

The state of emergency was imposed on Jan. 14, 2011 following the uprising that overthrew Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The last time the state of emergency was extended was on Feb. 1, 2013.

The news comes as the country is facing a major political crisis triggered by the assassination last month of a leading opposition figure and fears of arms smuggling.

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