Tunisia‘s President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, has died at the age of 92, according to the presidency.
Essebsi died at the Tunis military hospital on Thursday morning, the presidency said in a statement.
He was hospitalised with a severe illness in late June, but returned to intensive care on Thursday, his son said. Earlier, Hafedh Caid Essebsi told AFP news agency that “things are not going well”.
According to Youssef Cherif, the deputy director at Columbia Global Centers, the parliamentary speaker, Mohamed Ennaceur, will likely take over over as interim president until Tunisia carries out its elections in November.