Up for Auction: Ousted Dictator's Bling
Tunisia's Ben Ali must watch from afar as his stuff gets sold
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2012 10:35 AM CST
Tunisia's ousted leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in a 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

(Newser) – It's one thing to lose your job as dictator in a popular uprising. But to see all your belongings—from your 40 luxury cars to your miniature golden sphinxes to your wife's treadmill—go to the highest bidder? That's the fate being suffered by former Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, reports AFP. The nation today beings a 30-day auction of all his "ill-gotten" belongings and hopes to bring in about $13 million, reports AP. Ben Ali, now in exile in Saudi Arabia, was the first leader to fall in the 2011 Arab Spring.

The Guardian notes that the jubilation that followed his ouster has long since subsided:

  • "Times are hard for many this winter, however. Protests in poorer regions continue to discourage investment, taking unemployment to new highs in some towns and adding weight to arguments that the Islamist-led government lacks economic expertise. A shortage of milk in supermarkets is adding to the sombre public mood ..."

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HANKHILL
Dec 23, 2012 12:59 PM CST
hey ben ali old pal send4 cars and a bill in gold to me! i am your new best friend and wii help you hide this stuff!
Rational.-Anarchist
Dec 22, 2012 7:09 PM CST
I wonder if American "aid" helped buy all that shit? If so, I want my piece of the proceeds!
GeorgeWells
Dec 22, 2012 11:30 AM CST
ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY! Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are