Tunisia denies president’s death rumour, confirms stable condition
London, June 28, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Tunisian presidency denied on Thursday the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi.
“The president’s health condition is stable,” presidential advisor Firas Kafrach told Tunis Afrique Presse.
“I reassure all Tunisians about the health condition of the president who is receiving the necessary medical care,” Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on his official Facebook page.
Chahed called for avoiding any rumors that could cause disorder in the country.
Essebsi was taken on Thursday to the military hospital in Tunis following a “serious health problem,” said the presidency in a statement.
This is the second time in a few days that the president fell ill. On Saturday, Essebsi was admitted into hospital in Tunis for medical examinations over a sudden indisposition diagnosed as “not dangerous.”
The 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, a major player in the country’s transition to democracy since 2011, was again taken to a military hospital on Thursday after suffering a “severe health crisis”, the presidency said.
One of Essebsi’s advisers said the leader he was in a “very critical” condition.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Facebook that Essebsi was receiving the attention he needed and that people should stop spreading fake news about his condition, after some reports said the president had died.
The presidency said in a new statement that “his condition now is stable and he is under the necessary checks”.
Tunisian president’s spokesperson Saida Garrach told France 24 that Essebsi was being cared for at the public military hospital in order “to ensure transparency”, which is why “we did not transfer the president to a private clinic or a foreign institution”.
“He is doing better but at the same time the medical team is performing a set of tests” to provide greater reassurance, Garrach said.
She also confirmed that the president was conscious, but tired.
Essebsi was born in November 1926 and took over the Tunisian presidency after winning the 2014 presidential elections.