According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs ex-President of Tunisia Ben Ali (83) died.
Deposed leader of Tunesia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalised for “a health crisis” in one of Saudi Arabia hospitals, where he has lived in exile since the revolution of 2011, according to Arab media reports.
The former president’s lawyer Mouni Ben Salha told Mosaique radio onthat Ben Ali’s daughter called him to say her father is “very ill” after years of treatment for prostate cancer, the Associated Press news agency reported. The lawyer said Ben Ali is in treatment in a hospital in Jeddah.
Thousands marched through central Tunis in protest against a law that would grant amnesty to businessmen accused of corruption during autocratic Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali rule.
Critics of the Economic Reconciliation bill say it is a degradation of a high expectations of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution to oust Ben Ali but government officials say it is a method to engage with business, convincing them to invest some of their ‘cold cash’ back into the economy.
The draft law allows businessmen to declare hidden funds and repay them. No exact figures provided for the amount of graft during Ben Ali times but based on past investigations, officials expect $3 billion could be returned under the law right from the start.
With flags and banners “No to forgiveness” and “Enough Corruption” five thousand people including the opposition party leaders and activists marched through the capital’s central Avenue Habib Bourguiba.