Algerians celebrate after Algeria's veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika informed the Constitutional Council that he is resigning, in Algiers on April 2, 2019. AFP / RYAD KRAMDI
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Tunisia's Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who seized power from Habib Bourguiba, also of the "presidents for life" club, was toppled in popular protests that triggered the Arab Spring.As for some of those still clinging onto power, Bashar Assad has not thought twice about killing hundreds of thousands of Syrians to try to cement his dynasty.No Arab leader with ambitions for lifelong power has learned from history.Bouteflika's example should be a reminder to the current and aspiring "presidents for life" that their all-consuming lust for power is, eventually, terminal.
Deal with the devil
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