Breaking: President Essebsi of Tunusia dies

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President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died at the age of 92 after being taken to a military hospital on Wednesday for the second time in the last month.

He was the fifth President of Tunisia from December 2014 until his death.

He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1986 and as Prime Minister from February 2011 to December 2011.

Hafedh Caid Essebsi, his son said that Essebsi was hospitalized on Wednesday after he suffered the effects of last month’s crisis, confirming an earlier report on local radio.

He was a major player in the country’s transition to democracy in 2011 and had been hospitalised late last month and spent about a week in a hospital after suffering a “severe health crisis”.

Beji Caid Essebsi has only appeared twice since leaving the hospital on July 1.

He became a prominent figure in Tunisia after the overthrow of veteran autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, which was followed by uprisings against authoritarian leaders across the Middle East, including in nearby Libya and Egypt.

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