Tunisia extends state of emergency

Nov. 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

TUNIS, Tunisia, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Tunisia's state of emergency has been extended through June by the presidency, Tunisian news agency TAP reported.

The announcement marks the second time the presidency has extended the state of emergency this year, CNN reported Saturday.

The order came about due to ongoing protests that launched the Arab Spring in the country in late 2010.

Tunisians have been protesting against rising unemployment rates, poverty levels, inflation and government oppression. The demonstrations led to the ouster of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in early 2011.

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