Arafat’s widow Suha remarries

Thursday, August 17, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Suha Arafat, widow of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, secretly married Lahasn al-Trabulsi, the brother-in-law of the Tunisian president, a number of days ago, according to a Tunisian website.

Al-Trabulsi is the brother of Leila Ben Ali, the wife of Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Al-Trabulsi, it was rumored, planned to marry Suha's sister. However, credible sources said that he divorced a few months ago to marry Suha and not her sister, likely because of Suha's large fortune.

Two years ago, after Arafat’s death, Suha was personally promised by Mahmoud Abbas’ staff that she would receive $22 million a year, on the basis of an agreement Arafat himself sent his wife while on his death bed – $11 million to cover her lifestyle in Paris for half a year. Since Arafat’s death, Suha has refused to live in PA territory or any Arab capital other than Tunis, and enjoys close relations with the Tunisian president and his wife.

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