Hafedh Caid Essebsi, one of the late leader’s sons announced the death of his mother, Chadlia Farhat Essebsi, 85, in a facebook post.
“My mother Chadlia, widow of Béji Caïd Essebsi, is dead, God bless her,” Hafedh wrote on facebook.
Her death came on the day Tunisians headed to polls in the first round of the presidential elections to choose a new leader and replacement of her husband who could not finish his five-year term.
Chadlia Farhat Essebsi was a discreet woman, made rare public appearances. In an interview during her husband’s campaign for 2014 elections, she indicated that her husband used to ask her opinion on his political plans.
“We tell each other everything, and he always asks me for my opinion,” she said.
Beiji Caid Essebsi and Chadlia Farhat Essebsi had two sons and two daughters.