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Tunisia on Saturday will head its president Baji Caid al-Sibsi, the country's first democratically elected president, to attend a state funeral attended by world leaders amid tight security. A funeral ceremony was held from the presidential palace in the capital Carthage district.

The body of the president, who died Thursday at the military hospital at the age of 92, is in the Zlaj cemetery, about seven kilometers from the presidential palace.

The presidency said about the presence of a number of heads of states and representatives of international and regional organizations for the funeral Essebsi. French President Emmanuel Makron, King of Spain Philippe VI, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Interim President Abdelkader Ben Saleh and President of the Presidential Council of Libya Faiz Sarraj. The funeral was also attended by politicians and members of the diplomatic corps of foreign embassies in Tunisia.

Interim Tunisian President Mohamed Al-Nasser gave a commemorative speech during the funeral ceremony of Al-Sibsi, in which he said that the late Sibsi succeeded in securing the democratic transition and stability of the country. Nasser said that "the great late was the architect of national reconciliation and a supporter of the unity of the national class based on dialogue." He pointed out that he was keen on the success of the democratic option.

The Algerian interim President Abdelkader Ben Saleh, in his speech, that the departure of Sbsi loss not only to the family and Tunisia, but to Algeria and the Arabs and all peace lovers in the the world. He pointed out that he saw in the deceased the man defending the right and justice, who is keen to know the most accurate details.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke of the late Qayed al-Sibsi in a commemorative speech praising his national history and contributions. He said that he has protected Tunisia, its stability and its democracy in the most difficult circumstances. He pointed out that "the Palestinian return journey began from Tunisia".

The President of the Presidential Council in Libya Fayez Al-Sarraj that Hayat al-Sibsi formed a model of determination and challenge, where he possessed a character with features, noting that he spent his life in the service of his people and his homeland. Al-Serraj stressed that Al-Sibsi formed a symbol and a model for Tunisia's cultural face.

Vor Beerdigung des tunesischen Präsidenten Essebsi (Reuters / F. Belaid)

The Portuguese president said that the late "Sibsi changed history," while Philip VI of Spain said that his country stands by Tunisia at this difficult time. "We will continue to work together to make the Mediterranean, A space of peace, dialogue, prosperity and stability.

The body was then taken to a military vehicle pulled out of the courtyard of the presidential palace of Carthage, passing through the streets of the Tunisian capital, lined with thousands of citizens who came to bid farewell to the late president..

The authorities tightened its security measures and closed many roads through which the funeral procession of the late President would pass or near.
Most areas of the capital and near the cemetery of Jalaz, where Siden Safsi. A large number of Tunisians are also expected to attend the funeral.

A few hours after Sabsi's death on Thursday, parliament speaker Mohamed al-Nasser was sworn in as interim president of the country in a smooth transition of power. After
The Independent Electoral Commission said the presidential election would take place on September 15 after it was scheduled for November 17
The second.

Sabsi has been a prominent figure in Tunisia since the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 in an uprising followed by uprisings throughout
Middle East, including Egypt, Libya and Syria. With the departure of Sibsi, who has been president since 2014 in Tunisia's first democratic and fair presidential election, Tunisia has been one of the most prominent political figures in its history since the establishment of the national state that was one of its daughters after independence from French colonialism in 1956.

(AFP, Reuters, AFP)

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