August 3, 2005

Mauritania army says to rule country for 2 years

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's armed forces have set
up a military council to rule the country and put an end to the
"totalitarian regime" of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya,
a statement on the state news agency said on Wednesday.

The statement, signed by a so-called Military Council for
Justice and Democracy, said the council would rule the Islamic
republic for two years.

"The armed forces and security forces have unanimously
decided to put a definitive end to the totalitarian activities
of the defunct regime under which our people have suffered so
much over recent years," the statement said.

"This council pledges before the Mauritanian people to
create favorable conditions for an open and transparent
democracy" it said.

President Taya is in Niger's capital Niamey en route back
from the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, which took place
in Riyadh on Tuesday.