Tunisia: Sale of Confiscated Assets Inaugurated

Tunis — Sale of confiscated assets belonging to ousted president Ben Ali and his relatives should serve as a lesson for all politicians in Tunisia, and more particularly candidates to Presidency, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said, on the inauguration of this event.

This exhibition, to be opened to the general public as of December 23 in Gammarth, includes notably 22 luxurious cars, 300 pieces of goldsmith and jewels and nearly 12,000 items from the Sidi Dhrif Palace, Ben Ali's former residence.

In a statement to the media, Mr. Jebali urged the wealthy Tunisian citizens to purchase the exhibited items, given the fact, he explained, that proceeds of the sale will be dedicated to achieving social projects.

According to former Finance Minister Slim Besbes, these assets would generate, once sold, some 20 million dinars to be poured into the State budgets of 2012 and 2013 with a view to funding development projects. Mr. Besbes also announced that the exhibition will be open for one renewable month.

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