Headline : Former Tunisian President Ben Ali passes away.
Tunisia's former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali passed away in exile in Saudi Arabia. He was 83.
Ben Ali, was a Tunisian politician and President of Tunisia from 1987 until his ousting in 2011. Ben Ali was appointed Prime Minister on October 1987, and he assumed the Presidency on 7 November 1987.
Ben Ali was subsequently reelected with enormous majorities, each time exceeding 90% of the vote; the final re-election was on 25 October 2009