Tunisia’s liberal prime minister, Youssef Chahed, will run for president in an early election expected on Sept. 15, his Tahaya Tounes party said on Wednesday, making him one of the likely frontrunners to succeed Beji Caid Essebsi, who died last week.
Tunisian parliament Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president on Thursday hours after President Beji Caid Essebsi’s death in a smooth transition of power in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi had been hospitalised with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday.
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.
The protests were a rare occurrence for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler who faces no overt criticism at home and who received lavish receptions earlier in his tour in visits to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.