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Tunisia president dies at 92

  • Published at 04:45 pm July 25th, 2019
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Picture taken on October 30, 2018 shows Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a visit at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin AFP

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.

He had been hospitalized with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday.