(Last Updated On: September 19, 2019)

Tunisia’s ousted leader Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, Reuters reported, citing his family lawyer. “Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia,” the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, said.

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Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 as his compatriots rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired other Arab Spring uprisings abroad. The developments led to a democratic transition in Tunisia.

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On Sunday, Tunisians voted in an election that featured candidates from across the political spectrum, sending two political outsiders through to a second round vote.

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