Last Updated: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:11 am (KSA) 07:11 am (GMT)

The women of Carthage palace

Muhammad Diyab

When Laila al-Trabelsi, wife of ousted President Ben Ali, was dethroned by the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, everyone stuck the knife in without mercy. They said that she had left Tunisia carrying a tonne and a half of gold – a claim which the Tunisian Central Bank has rejected. They claimed she was preparing to overthrow her husband within three years, but they failed to tell us how. She was labelled a ‘kingmaker’ – championing and bringing down anyone she pleased, and a ruthless real-estate, land and investment tycoon. In brief, everyone is sticking the knife in today, quenching their thirst by defaming Laila al-Trabelsi - the ‘common hairdresser’ who crept up to seize the title of Tunisia's First Lady.

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