TUNISIA: End as a Bey

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As the 121 guns saluting the nation's first President reverberated through the city, Interior Minister Taieb Mehiri slipped out of the Assembly Hall, drove over to the Bey's palace, and curtly told the old man that he and his family were to leave at once to enter "enforced residence" at a villa in La Manouba. Clucking around, looking to see if his toothpaste had been packed, the ex-Bey of Tunis asked: "Is this the way to treat an old man who sent money and parcels to Mr. Bourguiba's family when he was in jail?" Then he rode off in his limousine, hiding his face from photographers.

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