Beji Caid Essebsi, first Tunisian president elected democratically passes away

Beji Caid Essebsi played a key role in shaping Tunisia’s future after the 2010-2011 revolution President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s first freely and democratically elected president in a post-revolution era, died Thursday. He had been leading the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings in the Arab world. Late Beji Caid Essebsi, who was 92, bridged two eras in Tunisian history, serving first as a senior officer in the autocratic regimes of the 1950s and playing a major role in shaping Tunisia’s future after the 2010-2011 revolution and…