A Dictator Dispatched

Dehghanpisheh, Babak; Dickey, Christopher; Elkin, Mike; Fahmy, Mandi
January 2011
Newsweek (Pacific Edition);1/31/2011 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 157 Issue 5, p10
The article describes the rise and fall of the regime of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Ben Ali was the country's intelligence chief in the 1980s and he built close relations to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He staged a coup against former President Habib Bourguiba in 1987 and has ruled since his departure in 2011. It is noted that Ben Ali and members of his family lived a luxurious life, which prompted citizens to oust Ben Ali through popular protests.


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