July 25, 2019 / 12:54 PM / 5 months ago

Tunisian parliament speaker to be sworn in as interim president after president's death

TUNIS (Reuters) - The speaker of Tunisia’s parliament, Mohamed Ennaceur, will be sworn in as interim president later on Thursday, the deputy parliament speaker said, following the announcement of the death of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi.

The prime minister also declared seven days of national mourning. A source Ennaceur’s swearing in would take place at 1300 GMT.

Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Peter Graff

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