Tunis — Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first leader elected in nationwide polls, died on Thursday at the age of 92. 

The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked revolts in several Arab nations.

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