NARCO CLOSEHOLD: Mauritania's Peaceful Presidential Transition

Thursday, January 17, 2019


By Geoff D. Porter

On 15 January, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz sent a letter to his party’s parliamentary bloc telling them to cease any efforts to change the constitution to allow him to run for a third consecutive term, seemingly paving the way for a peaceful (and constitutional) presidential transition. But things are not as they seem, and Mauritania is not yet a blossoming democracy. The bottom line: Mauritanian military leadership has determined that it’s game over for Ould Abdelaziz. He’s been at the trough long enough...

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