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Tunisia: state of emergency

Tunisia's president Béji Caïd Essebsi declared a state of emergency in the country one week after the terrorist attack in Sousse that killed 38 tourists.

On July 4, Tunisia's government declared a state of emergency throughout the country for 30 days that may be renewed. The measure was made necessary by "the exceptional situation traversing the country after the last terrorist attack and the ongoing threats that put the country in a state of war," according to statements made by President Béji Caïd Essebsi. In addition to the terrorist threat, this decision is also motivated by repeated striking and neighboring Libya. The state of emergency gives more power to the police and the army, allowing them stet a curfew, to restrict the right of assembly and social protests, as well as oversee the press and publications of all kinds.

This declaration was made in a very tense context. In just a few months time two murderous attacks (at the Bardo Museum and in Sousse), killing a total of 59 tourists, have been claimed by ISIS. Through these attacks, terrorism attacks a sector that is essential to the economic activity of Tunisia, which represents close to 400,000 jobs both directly and indirectly as well as an important source of revenue. The Minister of Tourism Selma Elloumi Rekik evaluates the economic impact of the last attack at around 450 million euros.

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  • Tunisia: victim of terrorism, tourism becomes the target
  • Tunisia: exceptional measures to support tourism
  • Attack at the Bardo Museum: Tunisia receives blow to the heart of its tourism industry

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