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Tunisia’s 92-year-old president Essebsi won’t seek second term despite party’s calls to stand in Nov election

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday, April 10 announced he will not seek a second term despite ruling party calls for the 92-year-old to stand. previously reported that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to resign by mass protests against his attempts to run for a fifth term.

The Arab Spring started in Tunisia when president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown by mass protests in 2011 after ruling for 23 years.

Essebsi won the North African country’s election in December 2014 becoming Tunisia’s first democratically elected president.

Tunisia will hold parliamentary elections on October 6, presidential elections on November 17 and the country’s 2014 constitution allows Essebsi to run for a maximum of two terms.

Governments failure to resolve Tunisia’s economic problems, which include high inflation and unemployment has stoked fears of another popular uprising especially after protests forced Algeria’s president to resign on April 2.

“I will say frankly that I do not want to present for a second term because Tunisia has a lot of talents,” Essebsi said at a meeting of his party Nidaa Tounes in Monastir.

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