Tunisia’s angry protestors are shedding no tears for the downfall of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s greedy wife Leila. The former hairdresser was likened to the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos of the Arab world because of her love of wealth and its trappings.
While Ben Ali, 74, was granted refuge in Saudi Arabia, his wife, more than 20 years her husband’s junior, was at first thought to be holed up in Dubai – a destination she is said to know well through shopping trips. The woman who came from a humble background, was branded ‘The Regent of Carthage’ for her power behind the throne and her love of money, luxury cars and opulent homes.
This is why so much of the anger on the streets was directed at the family who were known as ‘The Mafia.’
Looters sick of the family’s nepotism filmed themselves on mobile phones destroying the family’s expensive cars at one of their villas and riding motorbikes across the manicured laws.