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Everything Must Go as Tunisia auctions off luxury goods of Ben Ali

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 01:09

Dec. 22 - Thousands of luxury items belonging to ousted ex-president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali are put up for auction in Tunisia. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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After the revolution comes the fire sale. Tunisian Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali cuts the ribbon to open the auction of of some of the possessions of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. It offers a little something for everyone...at least at the high end of the market. There is a fleet of luxury cars. Jewels that would make a make a princess gush. All a symbol of the kind of imbalances that help foster a revolution (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TAREK DHYAB, TUNISIAN YOUTH AND SPORT MINISTER, SAYING: "This is only 20-30 per cent of his possessions. I say poor Tunisia, it was controlled by a gang leader - not someone fit to lead a country." The government hopes the sale will bring in about 10 million euros -- much needed in a country facing double digit unemployment. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in early 2011 in the early days of the Arab Spring. He had run out of time.

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Everything Must Go as Tunisia auctions off luxury goods of Ben Ali

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 01:09

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