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Mauritania: former president released, his passport seized

The former President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz was released from custody and returned home in the early hours of Monday, under the youyous of his relatives and to the relief for his family and lawyers who had been denouncing for a week his summons by the investigators and his detention conditions. Investigators wanted to […]

Mauritania: Former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s hearing reasons revealed

Former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been held since Monday 17 August by the Directorate for the Fight against Economic Crimes and detained at the National Security Directorate. In a press release, the public prosecutor’s office clarified the reason for his summons and the context in which it took place, in response to his […]

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Illegal migration: boat with 40 migrants on board wrecked off Mauritania coast

A boat with 40 migrants on board was wrecked off the Mauritanian coast and on Thursday evening, only one survivor of the shipwreck was found. According to a security source quoted by AFP, a Guinean was discovered “by chance” on a beach in Nouadhibou, north-west Mauritania. He said that “he and his friends came from […]

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G5 Sahel summit took place in Mauritania

The G5 Sahel countries and France meet on Tuesday June 30 in Nouakchott to take stock of their fight against the jihadists, six months after they decided to intensify the joint effort to regain lost ground in the region. Emmanuel Macron and the Heads of State of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad met […]

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Mali: Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and many missing after Sunday ambush

The Malian army gave this Monday evening a first assessment of the ambush of one of its patrols on Sunday afternoon in the region of Diabaly, north of Segou towards the Mauritanian border. According to FAMA, 24 soldiers were killed. The Malian army announced in a tweet this first death toll of 24 dead, eight […]

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Polisario kills two Mauritanian gold miners

Two Mauritania civilians have lost their lives after their car capsized as they tried to run away from mercenaries of the separatist Polisario who were chasing them.   The victims were killed in a man hunt Sunday in Gleibatt El Vould, a northeastern Mauritanian military zone, near the Algerian border, not open for civilian activities. […]

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Morocco seizes 5.9 tons of cannabis in border crossing with Mauritania

Moroccan authorities Monday seized 5.9 tonnes of cannabis resin in the border crossing with Mauritania of Guerguarat, one of the largest catches this year. A driver was arrested along with two other people after the banned substance was found concealed in a truck heading to West Africa. The Moroccan police has stepped up its crackdown […]

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Ghazouani sworn-in as new president of Mauritania

Ghazouani sworn-in as new president of Mauritania

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani was sworn-in Thursday as Mauritania’s new president for a five-year term. The inauguration was attended by the heads of states of 12 African countries along with delegations from several Arab and European countries. The United States has also sent a delegation led by John Deaver Alexander III, Senior Advisor for Energy, Overseas […]

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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 […]

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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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