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Reports: Tunisia’s president, 92, hospitalized anew

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 01:11:22-04

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian media are reporting the country’s 92-year-old president has been taken to a military hospital for the third time in recent weeks.

Radio station Mosaique and state broadcaster Wataniya have reported Beji Caid Essebsi was hospitalized Wednesday night for unspecified health trouble.

Essebsi’s office did not make an announcement or respond to requests for comment.

He is Tunisia’s first democratically elected president, having won office in 2014 in the wake of the country’s Arab Spring uprising. He recently announced he wouldn’t run in the election scheduled for November, saying a younger person should lead the country.

Essebsi was hospitalized twice in June. His office released a video of the president meeting with the defense minister Monday, and Essebsi was visibly weakened, raising concerns about his fitness for office.