Tunisia’s President Essebsi leaves hospital, to resume work very soon

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is pictured surrounded by medical staff members in Tunis, in this handout pictured obtained by Reuters on July 1, 2019. PHOTO | REUTERS

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who was taken ill last week, left hospital on Monday in “normal health” and will resume work in the coming days, the president’s son said on his Facebook page.

The presidency later published a picture of the 92-year-old leader, apparently surrounded by medical staff, as he left a military hospital in Tunis.

Essebsi had been taken to hospital on Thursday after suffering a “severe health crisis”.

Essebsi has been a prominent figure in Tunisia since the overthrow of veteran autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

It was followed by uprisings against authoritarian leaders across the Middle East, including in nearby Libya and Egypt.

Tunisia set itself on a path to democracy without much of the violence seen elsewhere, although it has been the target of militant Islamists over the years.

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