Chad's national assembly has authorized President Idriss Deby to renew a state of emergency imposed after a rebel attack on the capital, N'Djamena, early this month.

The parliament voted Friday to extend the emergency measure for another 15 days, until March 15.

Mr. Deby declared exceptional powers for his government on February 15 after rebels attacked the capital in an effort to oust the president. President Deby said the measures were necessary to maintain order in the country.

The emergency decree authorizes a midnight-to-dawn curfew and allows the government to ban meetings, control the movement of people and vehicles, and censor what is published in the media.

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