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Saudi FM says Ben Ali barred from politics while in kingdom

Arab World Materials 19 January 2011 17:10
Ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been barred from any political activities related to his country while he shelters in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Wednesday
Saudi FM says Ben Ali barred from politics while in kingdom

Ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been barred from any political activities related to his country while he shelters in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Wednesday, Xinhua reported.  

"This act (of sheltering Ben Ali) should not lead to any kind of activity in Tunisia from the kingdom... There are conditions, and no act in this regard will be allowed," Faisal told state- owned Saudi television.

Faisal hoped security and stability to prevail Tunisia, throwing his support behind the Tunisians.

Ben Ali, who had been in power since 1987, fled to Saudi Arabia on Friday following mass protests against his government over unemployment, price hike and corruption.

Saudi Arabia said that this move was taken "out of concern for the exceptional circumstances facing the brotherly Tunisian people and in support of the security and stability of their country."

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