President of Tunisia declares a state of emergency

Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday to hand his government more authority following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel, where 38 foreign tourists, mostly Britons, were killed. Tunisia’s emergency law temporarily gives the government more executive flexibility, hands the army and police more authority, and restricts certain rights such as the right to public assembly. The statement from the president’s office said Essebsi would give a speech on national television to give more details at 1600 GMT. The attack on the Sousse beach resort last Friday followed a gun attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis in March: two of the worst militant assaults in Tunisia’s modern history, and a pressing threat to its vital tourist industry.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4676063,00.html

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