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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...

2005-08-12 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...

2005-08-09 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...

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....