A Presidential Rift Sours Mauritania’s Political Transition

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, left, and his predecessor, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, center, during Ould Ghazouani’s inauguration in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Aug. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Elhady Ould Mohamedou).
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, left, and his predecessor, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, center, during Ould Ghazouani’s inauguration in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Aug. 1, 2019 (AP photo by Elhady Ould Mohamedou).
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When Mauritania’s ruling Union for the Republic met for its party congress in late December, it marked a new stage in the deepening rupture between President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, who was elected last summer, and his predecessor, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The two men have gone from close associates to bitter rivals in the space of just five months. For now, Ould Ghazouani clearly has the upper hand, as the party congress made clear, when his preferred slate of candidates won the various contests for party leadership. Yet amid the two men’s rivalry, which has added a sour note to […]

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