Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has died at age 92, the presidency said Thursday.
A leading figure in the country's fortunes since 2011, Essebsi was hospitalized late last month after suffering what authorities described as a severe health crisis. He was taken to a military hospital on Wednesday.
"On Thursday morning, the president of the republic died at the military hospital in Tunis. The burial ceremony will be announced later," the presidency said in statement.
According to the constitution, the Speaker of parliament will temporarily serve as president.
Essebsi had been a prominent figure in Tunisia since the overthrow of veteran autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, followed by uprisings against authoritarian leaders across the Middle East, including in nearby Libya and Egypt.
Parliamentary elections are expected to be held on Oct. 6, with a presidential vote on Nov. 17. They will be the third set of polls in which Tunisians have been able to vote freely following the 2011 revolution.