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In exile in Saudi Arabia: Tunisia ex-ruler Ben Ali is dead


He was the first ruler to be overthrown during the Arab Spring: Tunisia's former head of state Ben Ali has now died in exile.

Tunisia's ex-long-term ruler Zine el Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia. His lawyer confirmed corresponding Tunisian media reports. Ben Ali was the first ruler to be overthrown in the wake of the Arab uprising in 2011.

Tunisia is the only country in the region that has launched far-reaching democratic reforms after the uprising. However, the country is struggling with major economic problems. Since 2014, the "Truth and Dignity Commission" in Tunisia has been working on the crimes of dictatorship.

On Sunday, the Tunisians had elected a new president. After evaluation of 52 percent of the votes cast, the independent candidate and constitutional lawyer Kais Saied with 18.7 percent at the top of the 26 candidates, said the Independent Electoral Commission Isie.

Source: spiegel

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