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Tunisia: President Essebsi dies at age 92 *ARCHIVE*00:51

Tunisia: President Essebsi dies at age 92 *ARCHIVE*

Tunisia, Tunis
July 25, 2019 at 12:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has died, the presidency's office announced on Thursday. Essebsi had been admitted to hospital on Wednesday in Tunis.

Archive footage shows Essebsi meeting with world leaders including French President Emmanul Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as arriving at an African Union summit in Ethiopia

The world's oldest sitting president, Essebsi was Tunisia's first democratically elected leader, having won the 2014 presidential elections which followed the 2011 popular Arab uprisings which toppled President Ben Ali's regime among others.

After a long career as a lawyer, he also served as minister of foreign affairs, president of the Chamber of Deputies, and prime minister of Tunisia.

Essebsi was admitted to hospital in June for what officials had said was a "severe health crisis." It is unclear who will replace him, though the prime minister and speaker of the Parliament can take over his duties according to the constitution.

Tunisia: President Essebsi dies at age 92 *ARCHIVE*00:51
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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has died, the presidency's office announced on Thursday. Essebsi had been admitted to hospital on Wednesday in Tunis.

Archive footage shows Essebsi meeting with world leaders including French President Emmanul Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as arriving at an African Union summit in Ethiopia

The world's oldest sitting president, Essebsi was Tunisia's first democratically elected leader, having won the 2014 presidential elections which followed the 2011 popular Arab uprisings which toppled President Ben Ali's regime among others.

After a long career as a lawyer, he also served as minister of foreign affairs, president of the Chamber of Deputies, and prime minister of Tunisia.

Essebsi was admitted to hospital in June for what officials had said was a "severe health crisis." It is unclear who will replace him, though the prime minister and speaker of the Parliament can take over his duties according to the constitution.

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