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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...

2006-06-25 20:23:49

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians have voted hugely in favor of limiting the number of terms future presidents can serve, early indications from a referendum in the Islamic republic showed on Monday. Sunday's poll in the impoverished nation straddling Arab and black West Africa asked voters to approve constitutional changes preventing a president from serving more than two terms, each of them limited to five years. "On the basis of polling stations considered to...

2005-08-09 20:41:40

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday dropped a demand that Mauritania's ousted president should be restored, saying it was pressing the military junta in the West African state to carry out a constitutional transition of power. Diplomats said foreign nations would support the junta, which staged a bloodless coup last week, if it showed it could live up to a pledge to organize democratic elections. The seizure of power by the 17-member military council in...

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...

2005-08-08 09:38:42

DUBAI (Reuters) - Mauritania's ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya vowed on Monday to return to his country despite being deposed by a military coup last week. "As president, I order officers and soldiers of the armed forces and security forces to put an end to this criminal act so that the situation returns to normal," Taya said in remarks broadcast by Arabic satellite television Al Arabiya. "I will return home, God willing, so that we can together continue the path for a better...

2005-08-08 07:54:47

DUBAI (Reuters) - Mauritania's ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, deposed in a military coup last week, has vowed to return to his country soon, satellite television Al Arabiya said on Monday. "The ousted president stresses he will return to Mauritania soon," the Dubai-based channel said, adding that it would broadcast an interview with Taya later on Monday. It said Taya condemned the coup as a criminal act and called on the armed forces to return the country to "legality."...

2005-08-07 14:01:52

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's new army rulers ordered the release on Sunday of around 20 Islamist activists who had been jailed by ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya for their alleged links with a group allied to al Qaeda. In a move designed to reassure political parties, the junta also appointed a civilian prime minister, Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, to head a caretaker government. A former premier under Taya, Ould Boubacar became Mauritania's ambassador...

2005-08-04 04:57:46

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's capital was calm on Thursday as the country waited for announcements from a group of officers who said they had seized power to end more than two decades of "totalitarian" rule by the president. Triumphant crowds cheered a statement broadcast on state media on Wednesday that President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya had been overthrown in an apparently bloodless coup, the latest in a series of attempts to oust him in recent years. Officers...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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