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First photo surfaces of exiled Tunisian dictator Ben Ali

Ben Ali, believed to be in Saudi Arabia, appears happy, healthy with son

First photo surfaces of exiled Tunisian dictator Ben Ali

The first photo of Tunisia’s deposed President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali since he fled the country in January 2011 has surfaced on the internet.

The picture shows Ben Ali smiling while sitting on a couch with his arm around his youngest son Mohammad.

The photo was published on Mohammad’s Instagram account, which was switched to a private setting shortly after, according to Al Arabiya.

Ben Ali is believed to be living in Saudi Arabia, where he was granted asylum when he fled Tunisia on January 14, 2011.

There were rumours he was suffering from health problems and was in a coma, but he appears to be in good health in the picture.

The North African country’s revolution sparked the Arab Spring but was one of the shortest and least fatal of the following conflicts.

Ben Ali had been in power since 1987. His wife Layla is believed to be in exile in the UAE.

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