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Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tunisia extends state of emergency


Tunisia has extended its state of emergency for another month.

The measure, introduced following a deadly attack on the presidential guard last November, will be extended until October 19.

A state of emergency means authorities can ban industrial action and meetings or protests that might 'provoke or maintain disorder'.

It also means they can temporarily close public spaces, like theatres and bars, and have extra power over the media.

Since last summer, the UK Foreign Office has been advising against all but essential travel to the country.

The warning was imposed after 30 British Thomson and First Choice customers were killed in a terror gun attack on a beach in the popular resort of Sousse in June 2015.

As a result, Tunisia suffered a 90% drop in British visitors in the first four months of 2016 to just 5,980 visitors.

In May, Tunisia unveiled a tourism marketing campaign designed to reassure Brits that 'life goes on' and to make sure the UK doesn't forget about the destination.

A poll by TravelMole found 54% of those in the industry want to see Tunisia back on sale.

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