TUNIS Dec 5 Tunisia has sold the presidential
plane used by toppled leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to Turkish
Airlines (Turk Hava Yollari) for 181 million dinars
($78 million), officials said on Monday.
The sale is part of a slow-moving effort to offload property
amassed by Ben Ali's government and his family following
Tunisia's 2011 uprising.
Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after popular protests ended
his 23 years in power. Afterwards, the new government
confiscated businesses, real estate and luxury cars from 114
members of his family.
It has collected about $400 million from sales of the
property, though officials say delays and consequent lack of
maintenance mean much of the value has been lost.
The Airbus A340 sold to Turkish Airlines had been parked in
the French city of Bordeaux for more than five years, Tunisair
spokeswoman Amel Bourguiba said.
Last week, Habib Dabbabi, a junior minister for the digital
economy, told Reuters that next year the government would sell
stakes in the telecom companies Ooredoo and Orange Telecom that
used to belong to the Ben Ali family.
($1 = 2.3150 Tunisian dinars)
(Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Aidan Lewis and Kevin