Beji Caid Essebsi had been hospitalized with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country's first democratically elected leader, died Thursday at the age of 92, his office said.
The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked revolts in several Arab nations.
Tunisia's 92 year old President Beji Caid Essebsi dies....Always thought this man will die in office fa! He was the world's oldest sitting president. On case you did not know he was Tunisia's first freely elected president taking office after Arab Spring uprisings of 2014.— Azubike Osumili (@azuosumili) July 25, 2019
He had been hospitalized with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday.