Far more reviled, it seems, was his second wife Laila, a feisty brunette more than 20 years his junior, who was dubbed \”The Regent of Carthage\” for her power behind the throne.
A former hairdresser from a humble background, she stands accused of using her marriage to Mr Ben Ali to turn her family, the Trabelsis, into the desert nation\’s most powerful business clique.
Yer man Claudius would have had something to say in warning about such, wouldn\’t he? N\’ Grace Mugabe has hardly endeared herself to the population.
Perhaps a word of advice to ageing autocrats looking for a new legover: take a mistress. Oh sure, there will still be the familial pillaging but the very insecurity of the position will temper it. As Vladimir has done…..