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Mauritania: Critic of President to be indicted for corruption

Former senate member Mohamed Ould Ghada, who is one of the harsh critics of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, will be sued for corruption, the office of Public Prosecutor announced Friday few days after the arrest of the opposition figure. Ghada was arrested in his house last week by men in plain clothes after being […]

Mauritania votes ‘YES’ to abolish senate

Mauritanians voted in a referendum for abolishing the Senate and changing the national flag of the West African nation, the electoral commission said. On a turnout of 53.73 percent of the 1.4 million Mauritanians eligible to vote, 85 percent voted ‘yes’ to abolition of the senate and changes to the country’s flag. The new Mauritanian […]

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UN Security Council Okays deployment of G-5 Joint Force in the Sahel

The United Nations Security Council, on Wednesday, unanimously approved a resolution welcoming the deployment of a 5,000-strong force from five African countries to restore peace and security and fight extremists in the vast Sahel region. The resolution, drafted by France, welcomes the deployment but does not grant full UN authorization to the force due to […]

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Western Sahara: UNSC draft resolution positive for Morocco

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday examined a new resolution aimed at ending the decades-long, multi-pronged dispute over the ultimate status of Western Sahara. The final version of the resolution submitted by the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, [United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Spain], aims at reaching a “mutually acceptable […]

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Mauritania: ‘French tourists can visit Mauritania but must be on guard’ Ayrault

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Friday in Nouakchott indicated that French tourists can visit the North African country but must be clever as he commended security improvement undertaken by local authorities. “The entire coast (of Mauritania) is classified yellow (renewed vigilance). Other zones were classified red (formally not advised) or orange zones (not advised but […]

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Mauritanian parliament votes to change national flag

Mauritanian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to change the national flag component by adding stripes to it to ‘better represent those who battled for the country’s independence from France. The ruling party, Union pour la République (UPR), last year proposed to amend the national flag by adding thin red stripes at the top and bottom. According […]

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Western Sahara: Polisario caught diverting aid destined to Tindouf Camps

The Separatist Polisario front, supposedly fighting for the independence of Western Sahara, has been caught rerouting humanitarian aid destined to the refugees in the Algeria-based Tindouf camps. According to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae, Mauritanian authorities foiled a new attempt to divert humanitarian assistance by the Polisario after they seized on March 6 a shipment of […]

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Suspected foreign jihadists arrested in Senegal

Police in Senegal has arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in the capital city Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse was quoted by Reuters saying an operation in Dakar on Thursday had led to the arrest […]

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Mauritania-Senegal: Senegalese Fishermen’s Arrest Stirs Tension

Senegalese Foreign and Fisheries Ministers are expected in the Mauritanian capital to discuss the fate of dozens of Senegalese fishermen arrested in Mauritanian waters early this month. “Together with fisheries minister, we are examining the steps to take quickly in order to bring support to our fishermen arrested in Mauritania,” said Mankeur Ndiaye, the Senegalese […]

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ECOWAS, a Bullwark against Dictatorships in West Africa

The (ECOWAS) has grown steadily to acquire a political and military dimension besides its role in bolstering economic integration in the region. The recent intervention of the African sub-regional grouping to pressure the long-ruling Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to step down in recognition of his electoral defeat is but another shining example of the growing […]

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