According to the office of the Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, died Thursday at the age of 92.
Report has it that he was the world’s oldest sitting president 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 veteran politician , been hospitalised with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday.
Meanwhile, he told a meeting of his ruling Nidaa Tounes party that someone younger should take charge. He said it was time to “open the door to the youth”
Mr Beji Caid Essebsi was a former lawyer who studied and trained in the French capital Paris. During his long political career he also served as interior minister and Speaker of parliament.