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Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi suffers ‘severe health crisis’

Tunisia's president Beji Caid Essebsi. File photo

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Beji Caid Essebsi won Tunisia’s first free presidential election in 2014

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has been taken to hospital after suffering a “severe health crisis”, officials say.

They gave no further details. Mr Essebsi, 92, was also treated in hospital last week.

He became president of the North African nation after winning the first free elections in 2014, following Arab uprisings across the region.

Mr Essebsi is currently the world’s oldest sitting president.

Earlier this year, he announced he would not stand in elections expected in November, saying someone younger should take charge.

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said he visited the president in hospital, and urged everyone to stop spreading “fake news” about his condition after some media reports that he had died.

The president was receiving “all the necessary attention he needs”, Mr Chahed wrote in a Facebook post (in Arabic).

Former President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali was ousted in 2011 after 23 years in office.

Since then, Tunisia has won praise as the only democracy to emerge from the revolutions of the so-called Arab spring.

However, in recent years the country has suffered attacks by Islamists and economic problems, with unemployment a persistent issue.

Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi suffers ‘severe health crisis’

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