Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, died on 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.
The president only appeared twice since leaving the hospital on 1 July, and was then again taken into a military hospital on Wednesday.
Rached Ghannouchi, President of the Ennahdha party, said in a statement that Essebsi “was a true patriot” of Tunisia.
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