Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is in hospital after
suffering a “severe health crisis”, officials say.
They gave no further details. Mr Essebsi – who at 92 is the
world’s oldest sitting president – was also treated in hospital last week.
PM Youssef Chahed said Mr Essebsi was receiving all the
attention he needed and people should stop spreading “fake news”
about his condition.
There had been reports that the president had died.
Mr Chahed said in a Facebook post (in Arabic) that he had
visited the president in hospital.
Mr Essebsi won Tunisia’s first free elections in 2014
following Arab uprisings across the region.
Earlier this year, he announced he would not stand in
elections expected in November, saying someone younger should take charge.
Former Tunisian 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.
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