Tunisian president, 1st democratic leader, dies at 92

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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader and heir to Tunisia’s founding father, has died. He was 92. Essebsi died Thursday morning at the Tunis military hospital, where he was taken the night before, an official in the president’s office told The Associated Press. The presidential Facebook page said funeral plans will be announced soon. Under Tunisia’s constitution, the president of the parliament will assume the presidency for 45 to 90 days while elections are organised.—Agencies