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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.

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.

H.S./A.JM./ (Reuters)

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