Zain El Abidine Ben Ali
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (September 3, 1936 – September 19, 2019) was a Tunisian general, politician and dictator, who led his country from November 7, 1987 until January 14, 2011. overthrown during the 2010-2011 protests, the origin of the so-called Jasmine Revolution.
On 2 October 1995 he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique de Portugal.
Protests and dismissal
In the face of widespread protests from the population and the loss of confidence on the part of the military, Ben Ali was forced to resign on January 14, 2011 and flee to Saudi Arabia. On June 20, 2011, he and his wife, Leïla Ben Ali, were sentenced to 35 years in prison for embezzling public funds. On June 13, 2012, while still in asylum in Saudi Arabia, Ben Ali was sentenced to life imprisonment. in absentia by a military court in his country, for crimes that occurred during the repression of Arab Spring protesters in Tunisia.
Ben Ali passed away on September 19, 2019, at the age of 83, in exile in Saudi Arabia.
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