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Moroccan Premier is expected in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott Tuesday in a move to reiterate Morocco’s full respect of Mauritanian territorial integrity after the verbal blunder of leader of the Moroccan Istiqlal Party who referred to Mauritania as part of Moroccan territory. The foreign affairs ministry has issued Monday a statement rejecting and rebuking in The post Morocco-Mauritania: Benkirane Heads to Nouakchott to Put off Fire Set by Istiqlal Party appeared first on The North A…
01.09 / 16:32
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The parents of Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir, a Mauritanian blogger condemned to death for apostasy, have filed asylum application in French embassy in Senegal arguing that their life has become a real hell for them in the North African country since the moment their son has been charged. Both mother and father of Ould The post Mauritania: Parents of Blogger Condemned to Death Seek Asylum in France appeared first on The North Africa…
01.04 / 06:20
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The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has “vigorously rejected” as “dangerous and irresponsible” the statement made by the Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party on Mauritania’s territorial integrity and renewed full respect for the Mauritanian borders as internationally recognized. The Ministry said in a communiqué released on Monday that it “followed with concern the polemics The post Morocco Rejects Istiqlal Party Leader’s Statement on Mauritania as R…
12.26 / 18:33
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The Mauritania regime has again irritated Rabat after it allowed the Polisario Front to send militaries to spy on Moroccan forces from the military buffer zone of Guerguerat located between the two counties. Polisario elements were allowed to sneak into La Güera small town through the Mauritania side, Moroccan daily Al Massae reported. The act The post Western Sahara: Nouakchott Allows Polisario to Spy on Moroccan Forces from Guerguerat Buffer Zone appeared first on The North Africa …
12.08 / 23:44
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The 13 anti-slavery activists from the slavery abolitionist movement (known by its acronym IRA) have been seen their prison sentences reduced after an appeal court revisited their cases, reports say. Zouerate court of appeal Friday November 17 overturned the 20 years in prison pronounced against the activists on Wednesday November 16. The court in a The post Mauritania: Court of appeal reduces anti-slavery activists’ prison sentences appeared first on The North Africa P…
11.21 / 18:39
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Mauritanian authorities have severely protested against Francois Hollande’s office after Paris received anti-slavery activist and former presidential candidate Biram Dah Abeid who has vowed to bring down President Mouhamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s regime. Foreign Minister Ould Ahmed Izilbih Friday, at a meeting with Thomas Melonio, Francois Hollande’s adviser on African affairs, expressed Nouakchott’s discontent over The post Nouakchott Chides Paris for Welcoming Regime’s Staunch Opponent Biram ap…
11.14 / 15:26
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Tension is growing between the Mauritanian Senate and the ruling Union pour la Republique party (UPR) over regime’s plans to suppress the chamber without consulting its members as enshrined in the constitution. The Mauritanian regime last month organized a national dialogue to lead to a referendum over the replacement of the senate by regional councils The post Mauritania: Senate & Ruling Party at Odds over Constitutional Change appeared first on The North Africa P…
10.31 / 15:45
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The US embassy in Mauritania warned of imminent terrorist attacks in the short-term targeting American nationals in Nouakchott. The embassy said in a statement that it received information about terrorist plots being hatched in the wake of appeals by Daesh for its followers to carry out attacks across the world against US interests and nationals. The post US Embassy Alerts of Terrorist Attacks in Mauritania appeared first on The North Africa…
10.30 / 01:27
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U.N. human rights officials condemned the systematic oppression endured by anti-slavery activists in Mauritania who have been handed a 15-year jail sentence. “The (Mauritanian) government is hostile to civil society groups that criticize its policies, especially to groups like IRA, whose members are drawn from the Haratin minority and advocate for an end to slavery,” The post U.N. Officials Slam Mauritania for Stifling Anti-Slavery Activists appeared first on The North Africa…
10.28 / 13:51
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The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank, published on its website an article that exposes the frail stability in Algeria and Mauritania, putting the two North African states in a list of “ten countries whose stability cannot be taken for granted.” The article, signed by Michael Rubin, points out to the semi-military The post US Think Tank Warns of Frail Stability in Algeria, Mauritania appeared first on The North Africa Pos…
10.26 / 15:24
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Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has asked his Burkina Faso counterpart Marc-Christian Kaboré for explanations for letting Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Birame ould Dah ould Abeïd speak on the West African country’s public channel, reports say. Tension has risen between the two presidents after Birame ould Dah ould Abeïd, leader of the anti-slavery movement IRA The post Mauritania Lays into Burkina’s President over Anti-slavery Leader’s Address on State TV appeared first on…
10.20 / 13:52
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Moderate opposition parties in Mauritania, which are taking part in the political dialogue organized by the regime, have threatened to walk out of the process after government spokesperson tried to impose proposals allowing constitutional change and paving the way for a third term in office for incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Around 700 people The post Mauritania: Opposition Threatens to Quit Dialogue as Gvt calls for Third Term for President Abdel Aziz appeared first on The…
10.12 / 15:14
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Mauritania’s main opposition parties have boycotted President Ould Abdel Aziz’s call for national inclusive dialogue, which they believe is a covert agenda to maintain the Mauritania President in power after he reaches constitutional term limit. The 10-day dialogue, opened on Thursday, has lost, according to main opposition figures, its credibility as the political parties opposed The post Mauritania: Leading Opposition Movements Reject President’s Call for Inclusive Dialogue appeared first…
10.03 / 21:26
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Mauritania’s main stream private newspapers have chosen to go off on Wednesday in a move to denounce unbearable work conditions coupled with authorities’ tight grip on private media, reports say. The Wednesday action is undertaken “to protest against the situation of deep crisis that Mauritanian private newspapers are stranded in,” said Sy Mamadou, Chief Editor The post Mauritania: Private Newspapers Go off to Protest Difficult Work Conditions appeared first on The North Africa Post…
09.28 / 14:52
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Leader of the anti-slavery movement IRA (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement) has slammed President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s regime for looting the Mauritanian people, reports say. “Their only realization is illicit enrichment, division of Mauritanians, and ideological, ethnical and religious indoctrination of communities,” Biram Dah Abeid said in an address before members The post Mauritania: Regime Turned Country into Cash Cow, Anti-Slavery Activist appeared first …
09.27 / 14:36
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A number of recent developments noticed both in Mauritania and Morocco have heralded normalization of diplomatic ties between the two Maghreb countries following a recent tension in their relations, after a change in Mauritania’s stand vis-à-vis the Polisario Front, which disputes Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara territory. One strong signal of a thaw in The post Mauritania-Morocco: End of Tension between Nouakchott & Rabat? appeared first on The North Africa Post…
09.22 / 15:39
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The Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, in power since 2008, has been unshaken by the opposition for many reasons, but if he still has a tight grip on the country, it is mainly due to the faithfulness of some men of trust. One of those men, says West Africa Newsletter, is Mohamed Ould Ghazouania; Chief The post Mauritania: Men of Trust, President Ould Abdelaziz’s Shield appeared first on The North Africa P…
09.14 / 16:04
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A court in Nouakchott has upheld the prison sentences handed to two sons of former Mauritanian president Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla involved in a drug trafficking case, reports say. Ely Cheikh and Sidi Mohamed Ould Haidalla saw the prison sentences they were handed in June confirmed, their lawyer Moctar Ould Ely told the media on The post Mauritania-Drug Trafficking: Prison Sentence for Sons of Ex-President Upheld appeared first on The North Africa…
09.05 / 11:24
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The United States has recently condemned in strong terms the imprisonment and the torture endured by anti-slavery activists in Mauritania. The US condemnation came after a court in Mauritania handed 13 members of the slavery abolitionist movement (known by its acronym IRA) sentences ranging from three to 15 years. “The United States is gravely concerned The post US Condemns Imprisonment, Torture of Anti-slavery Activists in Mauritania appeared first on The North Africa…
08.23 / 14:48
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The Mauritania state prosecutor Wednesday demanded 20-year prison sentence for members of the Mauritanian anti-slavery association arrested last month for “prompting armed protest in a slum of capital Nouakchott.” Thirteen people among whom 10 members of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) have been standing trial since August 3. The defendants The post Mauritania: Prosecutor Demands 20 Years in Prison for Slave Abolitionists appeared first on The North Afr…
08.19 / 15:50
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