© UnknownOusted Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidin Ben Ali and his wife Leila
Imed Trabelsi, nephew of the powerful Tunisia's former first lady Leila Ben Ali, died on Sunday night in a military hospital in the capital city of Tunis, AFP reported.

In May, former Tunisian president appointed Trabelsi as mayor of the commune of La Goulette north of Tunis.

His appointment was criticized by the opposition since he had gained a bad reputation for corrupt practices.

Trabelsi is the first confirmed victim in the former president's family, known for their corruption.

In 2007, France ordered his arrest after the theft of a swish yacht belonging to Lazard Bank executive Bruno Roger, who is close to President Nicolas Sarkozy and former President Jacques Chirac. His country refused to extradite him.

In the past weeks, there have been massive street protests across Tunisia against what has been described as the theft of Tunisian wealth and lack of opportunities for the average citizen.

Many of Ben Ali's family members have left the country for fear of personal safety.

On Saturday, a day after Ben Ali fled to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, luxury cars were smashed in the city and shops and homes were looted and burnt.

Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for more than two decades. His era was marred by repeated human rights violations and torture.

On Sunday, acting leaders in Tunisia discussed the composition of a unity government as post-revolution unrest continues to grip the North African country.
© UnknownTunisians living in Belgium shout slogans during a protest against Tunisia's President Ben Ali, in Brussels