Tunisia Mourns Death of President Essebsi

The Tunisian government has declared seven days of mourning following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, as condolences poured in from the region and beyond.

In a ceremony hours after the death of the 92-year-old leader on Thursday, Mohamed Ennaceur, the head of parliament, was sworn in as interim president.

Tunisia declares mourning period after death of President Essebsi
People gather outside the military hospital where President Essebsi died [Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters]

Ennaceur, 85, will lead the country until presidential elections are held on September 15, according to the Independent Electoral Commission. The presidential vote was originally scheduled for November 17.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed declared a seven-day mourning period and ordered flags at state institutions to be lowered to half-mast.

State news agency TAP reported that cultural and sports events have been halted in the country until further notice.

Courtesy of Aljazeera.com.

 

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