Following the recent Beach Resort attack in Tunisia, a state of emergency has been declared as a form of “exceptional measures” – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announces. The state of emergency is expected to give security forces more power and limit the right of public assembly. Authorities had already tightened security, deploying more than 1,400 armed officers to hotels and beaches.
The Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi also said in a national address that “In order to face up to this scourge we need to be prepared. We need to have enough troops, proper training and material means – we are in desperate need of material means”.
He blames the hotel attack that killed 30 Britons on slow reactions of the security forces. Therefore, he hopes the that international community would help with counter-terrorism support.
The state of emergency will be in place for a renewable period of 30 days.