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2008-08-07 09:00:19

By Ahmed Mohamed and Todd Pitman Associated Press NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Army commanders ousted Mauritania's first freely elected president in two decades Wednesday after an increasingly bitter political fight over his ties to allies of a reviled former dictator and his overtures to Islamic radicals. The bloodless coup reflected the internal struggle over how to manage this desperately poor desert nation that straddles the Arab and African worlds and is Africa's newest, if small-scale,...

2008-08-07 00:00:10

By Claire Soares HAVING FIRED his top military brass over breakfast yesterday, Mauritania's President was probably feeling supremely powerful. But, minutes later, commandos arrived at his suite in the heart of the presidential palace and took him hostage, executing a swift but bloodless coup and toppling the first democratically elected leader this desert nation has known. The US, the European Union and Africa's powerhouses, Nigeria and South Africa, were quick to condemn the ousting of...

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2008-08-06 12:15:00

The North African nation of Mauritania underwent a military coup Wednesday when troops arrested its president, a family member said. The daughter of President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi said her father was seized in the capital of Nouakchott and taken away by members of his own presidential guard battalion, The Times of London reported. The newspaper also cited local media reports claiming Mauritania's prime minister and interior minister had also been arrested, with state radio and...

2005-08-09 18:51:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington dropped its demand that the ousted Mauritanian president be restored and said on Tuesday it was now dealing with the coup's leaders to persuade them to find a constitutional transition of power. "The guys running the country right now are the guys we're dealing with because they're the ones making the decisions and we are trying to get them to make the right decision," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters. "That decision is to have in...

2005-08-09 07:38:06

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Western nations will support the military junta that staged a bloodless coup in Mauritania if it shows it can live up to its promise of organizing democratic elections, diplomats said on Tuesday. A 17-member military council seized power in the Islamic republic last week, ending two decades of authoritarian rule by President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya and promising presidential elections within two years. Jubilant residents took to the streets of...

2005-08-03 03:35:47

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Soldiers surrounded Mauritania's state radio station on Wednesday and blocked off streets around the presidency building while President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was out of the country, a witness said. "State radio has been off air since this morning. They are not letting anybody in," the Reuters witness said. Taya was in Riyadh on Tuesday for the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.