NARCO ANALYSIS: Mauritania's New Government

Thursday, May 27, 2021

By Geoff D. Porter

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani shuffled his government on 26 May 2021, several weeks after it had become clear that he intended do so.

All in all, the new ministers do not signal very much for changes in Mauritania’s policies, but they do reflect the internal political dynamics that the president is facing halfway through his first term. In particular, the changes are aimed at mollifying Islamists and at shoring up his support ahead of the eventual prosecution of his predecessor, former President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz.

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