Former president of Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was buried in the holy city of Medina on Saturday, according to witnesses, after he died in exile in Saudi Arabia.
Ben Ali, who died on Thursday in the city of Jeddah, was laid to rest at Al-Baqi cemetery next to the Prophet Mohammed’s mosque and a place of great reverence for Muslims.
According to reports, some of his family members will receive condolences on Sunday in an upmarket suburb of Tunis, according to a newspaper publication in Tunisia’s La Presse newspaper.
Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled by the Arab Spring revolts, died aged 83.
He ruled his North African country from 1987 until 2011 and was viewed by some as a bulwark against Islamist extremism, but he faced criticism for muzzling the opposition and his reluctance to embrace democracy.