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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 18:48:57

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Foreign nations will support the military junta that staged a bloodless coup in Mauritania if it shows it can live up to a promise to organize 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 the...

2005-08-03 17:54:10

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Jubilant Mauritanians celebrated the overthrow of the country's president of two decades by military leaders who quickly announced they planned to rule for up to two years. Hundreds of people took to the streets to shout and honk car horns in celebration at the coup against President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, who was out of the country at the time. The rally reflected frustration at what opponents called his repressive rule. Mauritanians awaited...

2005-08-03 11:05:56

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's army said on Wednesday it had seized power to end the "totalitarian" regime of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, who is out of the country, and planned to rule for up to two years. The 53-nation African Union said it condemned all seizure of power by force and Taya's PRDS party urged all political forces to denounce the coup, but in the capital hundreds of people took to the streets, shouting and honking car horns in celebration....

2005-08-03 09:55:49

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's armed forces have set up a military council to rule the country and end the "totalitarian" regime of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, a statement broadcast on state media said on Wednesday. The communique, signed by a "Military Council for Justice and Democracy," said the council would rule the Islamic Republic for a maximum of two years. Taya is out of the country. "The armed forces and security forces have unanimously decided...

2005-08-03 09:19:23

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...

2005-08-03 05:54:43

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out near the presidency building in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott on Wednesday after soldiers surrounded state radio and blocked off streets in the city, a witness said. President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was out of the country after attending the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd in Riyadh on Tuesday. "I heard a burst of gunfire near the presidency. I saw scared people running away. Civil servants have all left their offices,"...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.