Mauritania – New government

Last week I posted about the governmental crisis in Mauritania. The prime minister, Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghev resigned prior to a motion of no-confidence. The motion was tabled by the prime minister’s own PNDD-ADIL party. Deputies were unhappy with the presence in the government, which only came to office in May, of members of the former opposition and associates of the former president, Maaouya Ould Taya, who was deposed in a peaceful coup in 2005.

Following Prime Minister Ould Ahmed El Waghev’s resignation, President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi immediately reappointed Ould El Waghev to his post.

Now, Jeuneafrique reports that a new government has been formed that excludes representatives of the former opposition. In effect, two parties that were included in the May government have been excluded. They are the Union des forces du progrès (UFP) and the Islamist party, Jemil Ould Mansour. In addition, four ministers who were considered to be supporters of former president Ould Taya have also been left out.

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