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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...

2008-08-06 18:00:11

Today's episode of "With the Event" programme discussed the military coup in Mauritania. The programme hosted today an expert in Maghreban affairs, Sadek Bouguetaya, a Mauritanian writer from Damascus, Ould Maaloum; and a Mauritanian MP, Jamil Ould Mansour. The Mauritanian writer Ould Maaloum recalled the political background in Mauritania and said that the deposed president was the victim of a plot and recalled that he was constitutionally elected. Bouguetaya said that the deposed...

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...

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