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How cronyism undermines growth, jobs and competition

THE Arab Spring has not delivered all that was hoped for it, but it did call time on two egregious examples of crony capitalism. After the revolution in Tunisia in 2011, 214 businesses, and assets worth $13 billion, including 550 properties and 48 boats and yachts, were confiscated from Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the deposed president, and his relatives and associates. In Egypt at least 469 businesses were linked to Hosni Mubarak, ousted as its president soon after Mr Ben Ali, some of which were seized.