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Tunisia extends state of emergency

Tunisian authorities are extending the country's state of emergency for another three months, amid security risks from neighbouring Libya and continued internal instability.

The decree on the state of emergency was published in the Official Journal and went into effect on Thursday through to November 30.

It is the third time the state of emergency has been extended since it was declared during protests that brought down long-time President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January.

Tunisia's uprising prompted anti-government revolts around the Arab world, including in Libya.

The state of emergency will remain in effect for landmark elections on October 23 for an assembly charged with writing a new constitution after years of autocratic rule.

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