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After President's death, Tunisia parliamentary speaker to be interim president

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AFP Tunis, Tunisia Jul 25, 2019, 06.27 PM (IST)

Tunisia's parliamentary speaker will be sworn in as interim president, the body's vice head told reporters, just hours after the death of ailing leader Beji Caid Essebsi.

"Mohamed Ennaceur will take the oath in parliament" at 1500 GMT, Abdelfattah Mourou said, adding that under the constitution he was entitled to serve for up to 90 days.

Essebsi, the North African country's first leader elected in nationwide polls, died Thursday at the age of 92.