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Mauritania: Ex-General wins presidential election

Mauritania: Ex-General wins presidential election

In Mauritania, ruling party backed candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has won the presidential election on Sunday. The electoral commission of Mauritania has declared Ghazouani winner late on Sunday with 52% of the vote. His nearest rival, anti-slavery campaigner Biram Dah Abeid, came second with 18.58%, while third place. According to Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, a […]

Mauritania’s presidential election set for June 22

Mauritania’s presidential election set for June 22

Mauritania will hold elections to elect a new president on Saturday, June 22, 2019, according to a decree signed by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The incumbent president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, took office in 2008 and has now served two terms, the maximum allowed under the constitution. In 2017, he orchestrated a constitutional referendum […]

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Tunisian health firms to scout out investment opportunities in Mauritania

Representatives of several Tunisian firms operating in the health sector are expected in Mauritanian next week to explore investment opportunities in the Maghreb country. The visit will take place on March 25 and 26. The companies operating in the pharmaceutical, para-pharmaceutical and medical equipment will meet with Mauritanian importers and retailers including medical practitioners. Mauritania […]

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Mauritania Awards Total Two New Exploration Contracts

The Mauritanian government has awarded French energy group Total two new exploration and production contracts in the country’s deep offshore. According to the terms of the contracts, Total will be the operator of blocks C15 and C31 with a 90-percent interest, while Mauritania’s state-owned energy firm Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier (SMHPM) […]

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EU commits €108 million to improve Niger’s social policies, good governance & access to electricity

The European Union is mobilizing an extra €108 million for social policies, security, good governance and access to electricity in Niger. This was announced by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, on the fringes of the Partner-donor coordination conference organized by the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott, Mauritania, lately. “The European Union […]

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Mauritania awards Total two oil exploration and production contracts

Integrated oil and gas company Total and the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines of Mauritania have signed an agreement awarding Total two new exploration and production contracts for Blocks C15 and C31 deep offshore Mauritania, covering an area of 14,175 square kilometers. According to the terms of the contracts, Total will be the operator […]

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EU announces €125 million funding for Sahel region

The EU has announced new funding totaling €125 million for the Sahel countries. The fresh injection of €125 million will be used for the swift launch of new initiatives, which are in line with the priorities set by the G5 Sahel to enhance development and security. The measures will focus on boosting the resilience and […]

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Stakeholders to Sahara issue to hold second roundtable early 2019

The stakeholders to the Sahara issue, namely Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario have decided to hold a second roundtable on this regional conflict during the first quarter of 2019. The decision was made at the initial round table on the Sahara issue held in Geneva December 5-6, at the invitation of the UN Secretary […]

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AU leaders (finally) agree on reforms to reduce dependence on donors

African leaders on Sunday agreed on measures compelling member states to pay their dues to reinforce the union’s financial autonomy from its donors and development partners. The 11th extraordinary summit of the AU, held over the weekend in Addis Ababa, aimed at advancing the institutional reform of the union. The meeting was seen as a […]

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US to revoke Mauritania’s AGOA benefits; Nouakchott denounces the move as “betrayal”

The United States will end Mauritania’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the start of next year, the US trade representative’s office said. Nouakchott denounced the move as a “betrayal”. Washington accuses the West African nation of tolerating forced labor and hereditary slavery. The country’s slow moving process of abolishing […]

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