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Latest Politics of Mauritania Stories

2006-06-25 05:13:44

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians voted in a referendum on Sunday on whether to amend their constitution, in a ballot aimed at ending decades of coup attempts and one-party rule in the Islamic Republic. The polls in the impoverished nation, which straddles Arab and black West Africa, are the first since a military junta seized power in a bloodless coup last August and lay the foundation for a presidential election next March. If approved, the changes would make...

2006-06-02 10:34:50

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanian security services have rounded up dozens of suspected members and supporters of an al Qaeda-linked Islamic rebel group who were plotting attacks, security sources said on Friday. At least two of the detainees were suspected of involvement in a June 2005 raid on a remote military post which killed 15 Mauritanian soldiers while another was accused of belonging to an al Qaeda cell in Barcelona, Spain, the sources said. The arrests...

2005-08-12 06:37:25

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's new prime minister said he wanted democratic elections as soon as possible after last week's coup and vowed the Islamic Republic would remain a U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism. A military junta seized power on August 3 in Mauritania, which straddles black and Arab Africa and is due to start pumping oil next year. The coup ended 21 years of rule by authoritarian leader Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. The 17-member military...

2005-08-04 13:34:49

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The African Union suspended Mauritania on Thursday after army officers seized power in an apparently bloodless coup, adding to international pressure on the new rulers of the West African country. The United Nations, former colonial power France and the United States -- whose military has been training Mauritania's troops to fight Islamic militants thought to be operating in the Sahara desert -- have all condemned Wednesday's swift takeover in a...

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...

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...


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.