January 31, 2011
BACK!!! (and links to my other comments)
Posted by The Lounsbury at January 31, 2011 04:59 PM
Filed Under: Foreign Policy & MENA
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Thank god. Never has this site's expert comment been more needed.
Hope you're well.
Posted by: secretdubai at January 31, 2011 05:04 PM
Quick comment L.
The take over of the economy started before the wife.
The Chiboub and Mlika in-laws and the Ben Ali brothers and nephews started their rampage as early as 91-92, as soon as the political repression (pretexted by the fight against Islamists) became generalized. By then, his brothers, nephews, and in-laws related to the daughters from his first marriage or his own brothers/sisters were establishing their fiefdoms in Central-Coastal (Sahel) Tunisia all the way up to Tunis. Hundreds of profitable businesses were liquidated so that they would cash them - on top of all the public assets they took over and the private ones they expropriated. They were only sidelined progressively in the following years in favor of the Trabelsis (Leila's family) and more recently Matri, her young son-in-law.