Hundreds of women, men and children watched as Essebsi’s coffin was taken to Carthage presidential palace under heavy security.
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Tunisians mourning President Beji Caid Essebsi voiced pride Friday at measures underway to choose his successor, saying his work guiding the country to democracy after a 2011 revolution helped make a peaceful handover of power possible.Essebsi died aged 92 Thursday, setting in motion a constitutional process toward selecting a new head of state. A few hours after the death of Essebsi, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president in line with the constitution.Drafted in as premier after Ben Ali's fall, Essebsi in 2012 founded the secular Nidaa Tounes party, now part of the governing coalition, to counter-balance the resurgence of Islamists who were suppressed under Ben Ali. Two years later, Essebsi became Tunisia's first freely elected head of state.
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