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G5 Sahel: General Hanena Ould Sidi takes control

It’s official. Mauritania’s deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi has been officially appointed to lead the combined five-nation “G5 Sahel” force. General Ould Sidi, a graduate of a Moroccan military school, has been appointed to replace General Didier Dacko who is G5 Sahel Joint Force Commander since 2017. General Didier Dacko has been […]

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Mauritania: radical opposition RFD to enter general elections race

The Rally of Democratic Forces (RFD) of Mauritanian opposition leader Ahmed Ould Daddah has announced that it will participate in the parliamentary and local elections scheduled for September 1, 2018. Mauritanians will then choose members of parliament as well as regional and local councilors. Ahmed Ould Daddah, the several-time unfortunate presidential candidate, made the announcement […]

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Security, trade, anti-corruption top African leaders’ meeting in Mauritania

The 31st summit of the African Union (AU) ended on Monday in Mauritania with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), anti-corruption and security on the top of the agenda. A deadly bombing of a military base in neighboring Mali shortly before the start of the summit and a car bomb targeting French soldiers on […]

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Mauritania: opposition urges AU to question Nouakchott regime

The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a group of the Mauritanian opposition, calls on participants at the upcoming African Union summit in Nouakchott to seize this opportunity to challenge African leaders on the nature and mode of governance of President Mohamed ould Abdel Aziz. Mauritania is the official host of the 31st Ordinary […]

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UN experts urge Mauritania to release dissenting ex-senator Mohamed ould Ghadda

Mauritanian former senator Mohamed ould Ghadda is victim of “arbitrary” detention and must be released with the benefit of compensation, a working group of the United Nations said in a statement.   Mauritanian authorities arrested Ghadda on August 10, 2017, five days after Mauritanians voted in a referendum to dissolve the country’s Senate, of which […]

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ECOWAS launches Police Information System in member states

ECOWAS member states will establish a system of regional police to cooperate in the fight against growing transnational crime in the region, regional security officials said on Monday during a meeting in Ivorian capital Abidjan.   The Police information system for West Africa (SIPAO), an electronic platform for the exchange of data between national security […]

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Mauritania: legislative, local Elections set for September 1

Mauritania’s legislative and local elections will be held on September 1, an official statement said Thursday. The announcement comes amid a row over a newly-created electoral commission, set up without members of the radical opposition. Some opposition parties are appealing to the Supreme Court for the commission to be cancelled. A constitutional referendum called by […]

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Senegal: amid fierce debate, MPs okay gas sharing agreement with Mauritania

The Senegalese parliament has approved a law authorizing the President of the Republic to ratify the intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the Grand Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field, which straddles Senegal maritime border with Mauritania. The agreement between the two West African nations was approved in Dakar by MPs amid a fierce debate. The gas field is estimated […]

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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

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Mauritania pledges to supply electricity to Mali

Mauritania will supply electricity to Mali up to 40 to 50 megawatts. This decision is the major result of a short visit Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, paid to Nouakchott, on Monday. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Malian Prime Minister, led a large delegation of his government, made a visit of a few hours in Mauritania […]

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