Tunisia’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed dead by the Presidency at the age of 92. Essebsi died after being taken to a military hospital on Wednesday.
He was a major player in the country’s transition to democracy since 2011, after autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown. This was followed by uprisings against authoritarian leaders across the Middle East, including Libya and Egypt.
Parliamentary elections are expected to be held on October 6 with a presidential vote following on November 17.