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Mauritanian president 'recovering'

2012-10-16 09:11

Nouakchott - Mauritania's president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who was shot and wounded when soldiers "accidentally" fired on his convoy near the his country's capital, is recovering in a Paris hospital and needs no further surgery, a report said on Monday, citing his doctor.

"The state of health of the head of state is improving after the operation that was carried out in Nouakchott and there will not be another surgical operation," Mauritanian news agency AMI reported, quoting the president's doctor Ahmed Ould Sidi Mohamed.

An official Mauritanian source reached by AFP also gave reassuring news about the president, who was wounded on Saturday evening.

"After analyses carried out yesterday [Sunday] and today at the military hospital in Percy-Clamart, the president can, if he wishes to, leave hospital on Monday night," the source said.

Aziz, 55, had already undergone an operation in Mauritania to remove a bullet before being flown on Sunday to Paris, where he is at the Percy hospital for treatment.

The president himself said that the shooting "was committed in error by a military unit", but the incident left many in Mauritania and abroad wondering whether the president was targeted.

Mauritania has been hit by chronic unrest over the years. Aziz came to power in a coup in 2008 and he has received death threats from al-Qaeda's North Africa branch, which he has vowed to eradicate.