Former Tunisian leader who originally took power in 1987 throughout a coup that ousted Habib Bourguiba. He was eventually forcibly taken off office through the 2011 Tunisian Trend, fleeing to Saudi Arabia amongst unrest and fees of problem. After trained in France and america, he embarked on a profession within the Tunisian armed forces that lasted a lot more than 2 decades. Since departing the presidency and shifting to Saudi Arabia, he continues to be sentenced in absentia alive in jail by Tunisian courts for offences relating to assault and repression. He provides six kids from two relationships. A lot of his family members continues to be implicated within the problem that eventually resulted in the Tunisian Trend, a lot of whom had been imprisoned after Ben Ali still left power. The function of leader was bought out by Moncef Marzouki in 2011.