After decades of autocratic rule, Ben-Ali fled the country last week. Rumors of his whereabouts are numerous. Two of the more likely destinations are Paris or Malta.
Ben Ali a quitté la Tunisie, le Premier ministre prêt à assumer le pouvoir
Ben-Ali departed on 10 January 2011. The Prime Minister promptly assumed the role of head-of-state.
Since 2000, the people of Tunisia have been unhappy about Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali,
but they have opted to put up with the regime, much as one puts up with diabetes.
I hope for the best for Tunisia. I recall my Roman Republic and 20th century world history classes. Tunisia has a distinguished past: Hannibal, Carthage, Dido and Aeneas. The approximate successor to Carthage is Tunis, the capital.
I am favorably biased, due to my older brother’s wife. Sophie was born in Tunis. Her family was originally from Algeria, five generations ago. They were much happier and more prosperous after emigrating. Sophie told me that Tunis was a lovely city, cosmopolitan and hospitable.