Tunisia’s president, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died aged 92, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday.
Essebsi, a major player in the country’s transition to democracy since 2011, had been hospitalised late last month and spent a week in hospital after suffering a “severe health crisis”.
The president only appeared twice since leaving the hospital on 1 July, and was then again taken into a military hospital on Wednesday.
His office released a video of the president meeting with the defense minister on Monday, and Essebsi was visibly weakened, raising concerns about his fitness for office.
Under the country’s constitution, the president of the parliament will assume the presidency for 45 to 90 days while elections are organised.
Essebsi won office in 2014 in the wake of the country’s Arab Spring uprising.
He recently announced that he would not run in the election scheduled for November, saying a younger person should lead the country.
Source: The Independent