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.

Jammeh's rights abuses: 'We want justice,' Gambian activists insist

2017-01-21 19:00

Gambian human rights activists are insisting that defeated president Yahya Jammeh be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses during his 22-year rule and that he not be able to keep funds illegally amassed.

Burkina deadline dropped

2014-11-11 22:37

The African Union is still urging a transfer of power from the army to a transitional government in Burkina Faso, but is no longer threatening the country with sanctions if the handover is not done within two weeks.

Zuma congratulates Mauritania president-elect

2014-06-26 13:36

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mauritania president-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on a successful re-election.

Mauritanian president vows to work for unity

2014-06-23 19:14

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has vowed to work for national unity following his landslide 82% victory in weekend elections.

Mauritanian vote off to slow start

2014-06-21 18:07

Small groups of voters have trickled into polling centres in Mauritania early in an election where incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was counting on a high turnout.

Mauritanian leader set to win new term

2014-06-19 11:43

Mauritania’s president Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz is expected to handily win a new term in office as main opposition rivals boycott a vote in the largely desert nation.

Mauritania to adopt roadmap to end slavery

2014-02-28 12:02

The UN envoy on modern-day slavery says Mauritania has agreed to adopt a roadmap for eradicating the trade, which campaigners say remains widespread in that country.

Opposition to boycott Mauritania polls

2013-10-29 12:42

Mauritania is set to hold nationwide elections next month overshadowed by a boycott of the entire “democratic” opposition.

Algeria hostage-taker's brother charged

2013-02-13 09:56

Two Mauritanians including the brother of one of the hostage-takers who seized an Algerian gas field last month have been charged with trying to join al-Qaeda o fight in Mali, a judicial source says.


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.

Mauritania president says two-term limit will stay

2016-10-22 06:57

Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said a two-term limit for the presidency will remain in place after months of speculation he would attempt to run for a third stint in office.

Mauritanian president names new PM

2014-08-21 20:40

Mauritania's newly re-elected President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has named a former senior official with the West African nation's state-owned mining and construction companies as PM.

Mauritania: Poll runner-up rejects results

2014-06-25 13:48

A candidate who came second in Mauritania’s recent elections has rejected results announced by the national election commission, contending that fraud and irregularities marred the voting.

Mauritanian leader wins new term

2014-06-23 07:48

Mauritania’s president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been re-elected with an overwhelming 81.89% of vote, preliminary results show, after his main rivals boycotted the polls.

Polls open in Mauritania election

2014-06-21 10:24

Polls have opened in an election in Mauritania widely expected to hand a new term in office to ex-army general and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Nigeria girl abduction not Islamic, says AU chief

2014-05-26 10:04

The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria was "contrary to the teachings of Islam", the head of the African Union (AU) has said.

Mauritania to set up slavery tribunal

2013-12-31 21:02

Mauritania is to set up a special tribunal to prosecute suspects accused of involvement in slavery in a bid to eradicate the trade in the west African state.

Mauritania to provide power to Senegal

2013-09-12 14:23

Mauritania is to begin providing energy-starved Senegal with electricity within two years, both sides have announced after a summit between their presidents in Dakar.

Mali: French troops prepare to fight

2013-01-16 10:20

The first troops from a multinational African intervention force are expected in Mali as French soldiers prepare to face Islamist fighters in the north, in their first operation.

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