Political Flag-WavingS

[Tunis, August 26. Image via Getty.]

An elderly supporter of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali holds a flag bearing his picture during his speech after presenting his official candidacy papers for the 25 October 2009 presidential election to the chairman of the Constitutional Council on August 26, 2009 in Tunis. Ben Ali, who looks set to be re-elected to a Fith consecutive term in October 2009 elections, has brought economic growth to his north African country but has been widely criticised for his harsh stand on human rights. Ben Ali, 73, took power in a bloodless coup in 1987 ousting president-for-life Habib Bourguiba, the country's first head of state after Tunisia's independence from France in 1956, on the grounds that he was senile. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)