Population: 3.984 mn.
GDP: 4.5 bn.
Debt: 2.7 bn.

Opposition forces are threatening to boycott the July 2014 presidential polls if President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's government rejects demands for transparency. He will co-opt the minor parties and keep Mauritania out of he anti-Islamist military campaign. 


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  • Vol 55 No 13
  •  27th June 2014

Ould alliance

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz surprised no one with his re-election on 22 June. That gives him a second five-year term with 81.89% of the vote. His campaign focused on providing security against the regional Islamist threat. That is also his promise t...

  • Vol 55 No 2
  •  24th January 2014

Abdel Aziz plays it safe

The President will hold the political ring while coopting minor politicians and parties, but he’s keeping out of the regional operation in Mali

  • Vol 54 No 13
  •  21st June 2013

Abdel Aziz's uncertain grip

The President has tried to help the West while not riling his own public. He faces plenty of opposition, but it is unfocused

  • Vol 54 No 2
  •  18th January 2013

Nouakchott on the spot

Under pressure from both the jihadists and France, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is fast losing all semblance of neutrality. For now, his position seems secure but the regional crisis will put him under domestic, as well as international, pressure.

  • Vol 53 No 21
  •  19th October 2012

Aziz’s power game

President Abdel Aziz uses the threat of jihadist forces as a way of fending off pressure to hold elections and make concessions to opposition parties

  • Vol 53 No 21
  •  19th October 2012

Handling the opposition

Despite official promises of elections, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s government has shown no serious signs of holding any. The opposition is not united and does not present a political threat. In late July, Interior Minister Mohamed Ould Boilil ann...

  • Vol 53 No 19
  •  21st September 2012

Dead preachers poser

The handling of the killing by Malian troops of 16 Islamic preachers, nine of them Mauritanian, threatens the delicate balance between the interim regime and the army, say Bamako sources.

  • Vol 51 No 19
  •  24th September 2010

Niger, Mauritania, Mali: the politics

For Niger, the crisis with Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) comes as the military regime that overthrew President Mamadou Tandja last February approaches the return of democracy.

  • Vol 50 No 15
  •  24th July 2009

Aziz's strong-arm vote

General Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz's victory in the 18 July presidential election confirmed that the former Bataillon de la Sécurité Presidentielle commander turned coup leader will reinvigorate the hopes of putschists across Africa. Although ...

  • Vol 50 No 1
  •  9th January 2009

Junta asks for time

Nouakchott is more dependent than ever on Arab donors

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