Thursday, June 27, 2019

'Tunisian president hospitalized 'in severe health crisis'

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, a major player in the country’s transition to democracy since 2011, was taken to a military hospital on Thursday after suffering a “severe health crisis”, the presidency said.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Facebook that Essebsi was receiving the attention he needed and that people should stop spreading fake news about his condition, after some reports said the president had died..

The presidency said in a new statement that “his condition now is stable and he is under the necessary checks’’.

The elderly head of state was hospitalized last week as well, for what the presidency described as non-serious treatment.

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