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Ex-Tunisian president may head to Canada after Saudi stay

Other News Materials 17 January 2011 20:23
Deposed Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine ben Ali is expected to head to Canada after a stay of several months in Saudi Arabia, according to sources Monday, dpa reported.
Ex-Tunisian president may head to Canada after Saudi stay

Deposed Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine ben Ali is expected to head to Canada after a stay of several months in Saudi Arabia, according to sources Monday, dpa reported.

Well-informed sources in the capital Riyadh said that Ben Ali and his family, including his wife, were staying in a palace of the ruling family in Jeddah for the time being.

With them are the youngest daughter of the couple and a sister of the president's wife.

Sources said Ben Ali might be in Saudi Arabia until the summer, but that he and his family may travel to Canada where his eldest daughter is expecting a baby.

It was reported that she and her husband were flown out of Tunisia just days before Ben Ali left the country on Friday after a month- long popular revolt that claimed dozens of lives.

It was not clear whether Ben Ali had been forced to leave or had agreed to leave of his own accord.

Ben Ali, 74, had been president of the north African country since 1987.

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