Ousted Tunisian president hospitalized ahead of election

A lawyer for the former Tunisian president ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring says Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalized in Saudi Arabia

Mounir Ben Salha told Mosaique radio Thursday night that Ben Ali's daughter called him to say the 83-year-old ex-president is "very sick" after years of treatment for prostate cancer. The lawyer said Ben Ali is in a hospital in Jeddah.

Ben Ali has been convicted in absentia to several prison terms for corruption-related violations.

Given Tunisia's economic troubles since Ben Ali's ouster, some have called for his return. But he remains detested by others.