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Mauritania: Ould Abdel Aziz Scorns ECOWAS in Gambian Crisis

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has irked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) after he sent a close aid to mediate in the post-electoral crisis in Gambia. The crisis flared up after defeated President Yahya Jammeh rejected the December 1 election results, few days after he admitted his defeat and congratulated his […]

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Mauritania: Young Activists Mobilize Society to Oppose Regime’s Constitutional Change Plans

A group of youth opposed to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz have launched a nationwide initiative to stand in the way of the regime’s plan to change the constitution to allow the former army general run for a third term. The initiative, named “Impossible to change my constitution”, was launched Wednesday. It calls on […]

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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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Morocco’s Education & Training System, a Model for Mauritania

Mauritanian education minister, who was visiting neighboring Morocco, last week, called for enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all realms, and more importantly in matters of education and vocational training. Education Minister Sidi Ould Salem conferred with Moroccan Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi on means to boost the exchange of expertise between the […]

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Mauritania: Nouakchott Denies Ransoming Senoussi

The Mauritanian Government has maintained it did not ransom head of Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence services, arrested in Nouakchott in March 2012. Allegations that Nouakchott took fat check for extradition of Abdallah Senoussi at the request of the then Libyan authorities has re-surfaced in the Saharan country as public opinion and the opposition question authorities’ candour. […]

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Mauritania: AI Demands Immediate Release of Anti-slavery Activists

Amnesty International has called on Mauritania authorities to release immediately members of the anti-slavery NGO arrested early this month. Gaëtan Mootoo, researcher at the London-based human right organisation’s West African office over the end week estimated unacceptable the arrest of activists of IRA Mauritanie, an NGO combatting slavery in the country. “Mauritania must immediately and […]

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Mauritania arrests nine anti-slavery campaigners

Mauritanian authorities have arrested nine anti-slavery activists on Sunday, Reuters reported. The activists arrested in Nouakchott over the weekend are accused of public disorder in which several police officers were injured and a bus was burned. Slavery is deeply rooted in Mauritania’s caste-based society. Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, […]

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Nouakchott Slams UN Report on Human Rights & Extreme Poverty

Mauritanian authorities have lambasted the UN Report on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty in the country saying it is “baseless and partial.” State-run commission on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (CDHAH) criticized the report author, Philip Alston, of partiality and chided the report for being baseless. Alston said in his report 44 per cent of […]

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Morocco Calls for African Countries’ Involvement in All Cooperation Initiatives to Improve Road Networks

Morocco has stressed the need for African countries to get involved in all initiatives aimed at boosting cooperation to improve their national road networks, which play a major role in reducing spatial disparities, ensuring public access to markets and services, reducing poverty and vulnerability and combating social exclusion. “African countries should, therefore, be involved in […]

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North Africa: Ban ki-moon Speaks about the Region Challenges

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who visited Algeria over the weekend touched on the many challenges facing the North African region with focus on the Libyan crisis. Speaking to reporters after talks with Algerian officials, Ban called on “all external actors” to help calm the situation in Libya because if things don’t improve politically, he […]

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