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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has died after being hospitalized with a severe illness. In 2014 he became the countrys first democratically elected leader, following the Arab Spring.

Tunisias president, Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away Thursday at a military hospital, the North African countrys presidency announced. He was 92.
Essebsi, the oldest head of state after Britains Queen Elizabeth II, was hospitalized with a severe illness in late June and returned to intensive care on Wednesday evening at the Tunis military hospital.

In a statement, the Tunisian presidency called for unity following Essebsis death.
"After the revolution, the president led the people to avoid confrontation and led the democratic transition," it wrote.
Essebsi came to power in 2014 as Tunisias first democratically elected leader, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled the regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

The country has declared seven days of national mourning for Essebsi, who led what many characterize as the only democratic success of the revolts that swept across the Arab world.
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