Tunisia’s presidency has announced the death of the country’s president Beji Caid Essebsi who was the country’s first freely elected president since the Arab springs of 2014.

He was the world’s oldest sitting president. Essebi got admitted into hospital on Wednesday 24th July, but officials did not say why he was receiving medical attention and in that urgent manner.

Mr Essebsi won Tunisia’s first free elections in 2014 following Arab uprisings across the region.

Earlier this year, he announced he would not stand in elections expected to take place in November.

The late president Previously served his country as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1986 and as Prime Minister from February 2011 to December 2011.

Mr. Essebsi was the founder of the Nidaa Tounes political party, which won a plurality vote in the 2014 parliamentary election. In December 2014, he won the first regular presidential election following the Tunisian Revolution, becoming Tunisia’s first freely elected president.