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Amir to attend funeral of late Tunisian president

صاحب السمو يشارك في الجنازة الوطنية للرئيس التونسي الراحل

QNA/DPA/Doha/Tunis

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend the funeral of the late Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis Saturday. The funeral will be held by the Tunisian Government.

The body of Essebsi was transferred from a military hospital to the presidential palace in Tunis Friday.

Essebsi died on Thursday at the age of 92.

Crowds gathered in front of the hospital to pay their respects as the body was transferred in a military vehicle.

The body will be buried today in an event that is expected to be attended by heads of states.

Essebsi took office in 2014 as Tunisia’s first democratically-elected president.

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur has been sworn in as interim president.

The 2014 constitution states that the head of the parliament can take office for a maximum period of 90 days.

The election commission has announced that the November presidential polls will be held on September 15.

The upcoming presidential elections will be Tunisia’s third after the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in October.

يشارك حضرة صاحب السمو الشيخ تميم بن حمد آل ثاني أمير البلاد المفدى في الجنازة الوطنية التي ستقيمها حكومة الجمهوية التونسية الشقيقة لتشييع جثمان الرئيس التونسي الراحل الباجي قائد السبسي اليوم.

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