It seems virtually no-one in Tunisia regrets the departure of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
There is little sign of the unrest that has enveloped other parts of the country in the former president’s home town of Hammam Sousse. But locals shared the general delight in his fall from grace.
“We don’t care if he was from here or not,” said one woman. “We needed a president who could give us security.”
“Everyone in Tunis knows that the residents of
Hammam Sousse didn’t get anything from the old regime but lies,” added a man.
euronews correspondent Jamel Ezzedini visited the Ben Ali family home. Unlike many other presidential residences it has not been attacked.
“Most of Ben Ali’s neighbours and the residents of Hammam Sousse told us they too have spent the last 23 years under oppression and injustice,” he said.
The people of Hammam Sousse are now hoping for a brighter future.