Western Sahara: 400 Saharawis Try to Cross to Morocco from Mauritania

Rabat - Around 400 Sahrawi people who fled from the Algeria-based Tindouf camps are trying to cross into Morocco from neighboring Mauritania, said Omar Bouaida, a deputy from the National Rally of Independents Party in a letter sent to the Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, whose content has been reported by news website le360 on Thursday.  They are currently gathering in front of the Moroccan consulate ...

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‘Moroccan’ Wedding of President of Mauritania’s Daughter Stirs Controversy

Marrakech - Mauritanian social media users slam the decision of their President to organize a “Moroccan” wedding ceremony for his daughter. The wedding ceremony of the daughter of the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, which incorporated traditional Moroccan customs and dress, has been subject to heavy criticism from Mauritanian society and social media users. The daughter of the president, w ...

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Mauritania: Journalist Sentenced to Death for Insulting the Prophet

Rabat - Mauritianian journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir reportedly was sentenced to death on Thursday after a court ruled that he had insulted the Prophet Muhammad in one of his articles. On Thursday, the court in the northwestern city of Nouadhibou sentenced Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 30, to death for writing an article that was interpreted by judges as critical of the Prophet Mohammed. The AFP new ...

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Mauritanian leader set to win new term amid poll boycott

Nouakchott - Mauritanians on Saturday cast ballots in a presidential election that incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was expected to win handily as main opposition rivals boycotted the vote in the largely desert nation. The ex-army general, who seized power in the northwest African nation in a August 2008 coup, has campaigned strongly on his success in fighting armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda at home and in ...

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Mauritanian Minister of Sport has never watched a sports game

Rabat - The new Mauritanian government announced last week will include a new Sports Minister who doesn’t know anything about sports and has never watched a sports game. Fatima Fal Bent Souinaa, the new Sports Minister, told an official visitor that she has never watched a sports match, “but now, I am obliged to start watching the sports games”, according to the February 15th issue of Al-Kuds Al-Arabi. Acco ...

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Riots rock Mauritanian city over prophet row man

NOUAKCHOTT – The man stirred up uproar last month after writing an article deemed critical of the prophet posted it on his Facebook page. Riots rocked Mauritania's second largest city of Nouadhibou late Friday following reports of the extradition of a man accused of offending Islam's prophet Muhammad to France. Mohamed al-Sheikh Ould Mohamed stirred up uproar last month after writing an article deemed criti ...

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Mauritania’s ruling party wins big in 2nd round of elections

NOUAKCHOTT – The ruling party's gains, however, did not stop there, with its allies picking up another 36 parliamentary seats. The ruling Union for the Republic Party has won the majority of parliamentary and local council seats in the second round of parliamentary and municipal elections, Mauritania's Independent National Electoral Commission announced Monday. Commission president Abdullah Ould Ahmed told ...

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Voting starts in second round of Mauritania elections

NOUAKCHOTT – Voting started on Saturday in the second round of Mauritania's legislative and council elections. Some 56 seats are up for grabs in the runoff voting, which is being contested by eight parties, including the ruling Union for the Republic Party. Around 67 political parties contested 147 legislature seats in the first round of the elections on November 23. The runoff pits the ruling party against ...

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Mauritania’s ruling party wins majority in first round polls

By Sidi Ould Abdel-Malek NOUAKCHOTT – Opposition parties have managed to win 14 seats only, the commission added in a press conference. Mauritania's ruling Union for the Republic Party has managed to win 37 parliamentary seats in the first round of the polls held last month, the independent election commission has announced. Opposition parties have managed to win 14 seats only, the commission added in a pre ...

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Mauritania stages vote boycotted by most of opposition

Nouakchott - Mauritania holds nationwide elections next month overshadowed by a boycott of the entire "democratic" opposition -- apart from an Islamist party calling its participation a struggle against "dictatorship". The mainly-Muslim republic, a former French colony on the west coast of the Sahara desert, is seen by Western leaders as strategically important in the fight against Al-Qaeda-linked groups wi ...

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Mauritanian president Aziz is emancipating from Algiers’ tutelage

Morocco World News with Maghreb Intelligence Rabat, March 8, 2013 President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's statement, in which he argues that his country is ready to engage militarily in Mali, was barely a surprise. While he had initially rejected any foreign military intervention in the neighboring country, aligning totally with the Algerian position, General Aziz just changed his strategy, stating that the arm ...

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An open letter to the Mauritanian and Moroccan authorities

By Molly Barstow Morocco World News Chicago, December 27, 2012 It has recently been brought to my attention that a good friend of mine, Lamine, is stuck at the border of Morocco and Mauritania along with 45 other migrants from various origins, including Senegal, Cameroon, DR Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Liberia. Although information is limited, sources claim that there are eight women, one ...

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