Tunisia President in ‘Critical Condition’, Attacks Rock Capital

Double suicide attacks shook Tunisia’s capital Thursday. The violence revived fears for the stability of the North African state, which is seen as a rare democratic success story of the Arab Spring uprisings but has been hit by repeated Islamist attacks. Just hours after news of the attacks broke, the presidency announced that President Beji Caid Essebsi “was taken seriously ill and transferred to the military hospital in Tunis”. Key adviser Firas Guefrech described the 92-year-old leader as in “critical condition” and in a later tweet said that Essebsi was “stable”, urging supporters to pray for his recovery.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. SOURCE: AFP

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