A Power Struggle in Mauritania Comes to a Head

A Power Struggle in Mauritania Comes to a Head
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in Paris, France, Jan. 11, 2021 (Photo by Romain Gaillard for Sipa via AP Images).

On June 22, Mauritanian authorities arrested former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz as part of a corruption investigation that began in January 2020. The immediate trigger for Ould Abdel Aziz’s arrest was that he had refused to check in with a judge. As the case moves forward, the current administration led by President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a former ally of Ould Abdel Aziz, faces a dilemma: Allowing Ould Abdel Aziz to escape the charges would give the former president a symbolic political victory and would undermine the rule of law, but convicting him of corruption would raise the stakes in […]

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