Tunisia’s first democratically elected president has died aged 92, reviving fears of a power vacuum before elections in November. Essebsi came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab spring uprising toppled the longtime despot Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and triggered revolts in several Arab countries. In April, he said he did not plan to stand for re-election in polls this year in order to make way for someone younger.
At least 80 migrants are feared dead after a boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia. Four people were rescued from the inflatable vessel – which sank in waters near the town of Zarzis – but one died later in hospital, reports said. The three Malians who were rescued said that they had set out from Zuwara in Libya. The country is a main departure point for migrants hoping to reach Europe.