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Mauritania's president approves law abolishing senate

2017-08-16 21:00

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has approved a newly drafted law abolishing the senate, the most controversial measure in a package of reforms passed by referendum this month.

Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum

2017-08-07 19:42

Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote.

Mauritania opposition warns of 'massive fraud' ahead of vote

2017-08-04 20:21

The head of a boycott movement opposed to a constitutional referendum in Mauritania accused the country's rulers on Friday of planning "massive fraud" on the eve of the vote, and warned of violence.

Mauritanian party complains of 'unequal' referendum campaign

2017-08-03 11:30

The sole Mauritanian political party urging citizens to vote "No" in a controversial referendum on abolishing the Senate has complained their ability to campaign had been severely restricted.

AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping

2017-07-06 11:53

The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat has questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel.

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

2017-06-21 19:31

The UN Security Council unanimously has adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region.

France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force

2017-06-15 21:58

France's foreign minister has said he was confident "we will get there" in convincing a reluctant United States to give United Nations backing to an anti-jihadist force drawn from five African countries.

Why are Sahel countries deploying an anti-jihad force?

2017-06-07 20:08

France has asked the UN Security Council to authorise the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists and criminality in the Sahel region, with a vote expected as early as next week.

Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

2017-04-23 11:17

Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials have said.

Abducted French national is 'in Sudan': Chad minister

2017-03-24 18:31

A French national abducted from southeastern Chad is in neighbouring Sudan, a Chadian minister has said. .

 

Dissident senator arrested in Mauritania

2017-08-12 09:02

A Mauritanian senator who led a group of lawmakers in protest against a referendum aimed at abolishing their chamber was arrested Friday, his family and police sources have said.

Mauritania votes on constitution after tense campaign

2017-08-06 13:25

Mauritanians has begun on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups.

Clashes on final day of Mauritania referendum campaign

2017-08-04 16:14

Police and opposition activists have clashed in Mauritania's capital on the final day of campaigning for a controversial constitutional referendum.

Mauritania referendum campaign starts under opposition boycott

2017-07-21 19:08

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has launched a campaign for a constitutional referendum boycotted by opposition figures who call the vote a smokescreen to keep the ruling party in power.

France's Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force

2017-06-30 19:28

President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area.

France, US agree UN draft on anti-jihadist Sahel force

2017-06-20 22:07

France and the United States have reached an agreement on a draft UN resolution that would pave the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region, diplomats have said.

US opposes UN authorizing 5 countries to fight extremists

2017-06-10 11:02

The United States is opposing a French-drafted UN resolution that would authorise military action by five countries in Africa's vast Sahel region against extremist groups

Around 20 jihadists killed or captured in Mali's north

2017-05-01 13:28

French soldiers killed or captured about 20 jihadists in Mali's restive north where a French soldier was killed on April 5, the French chief of staff has said.

116 million African children to get polio vaccines: WHO

2017-03-24 20:33

The World Health Organization says 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

Mauritania vows referendum to abolish Senate, change flag

2017-03-23 08:34

A contentious amendment to Mauritania's constitution, which would abolish the Senate and change the national flag, will be put to a referendum "as quickly as possible," the president says.

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