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Vol 47 No 24

Published 1st December 2006


Mauritania

No win, no gain

The military regime gets the election result it wanted, with no party strong enough to govern

There was no winner in the parliamentary elections on 19 November, the first since Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall's coup of 3 August 2005 (AC Vol 45 No 17). Since none of the parties took enough seats to form a government, they must negotiate a coalition. That will prove difficult and suits the outgoing military junta, which had done its best to encourage the smaller 'independent' parties.

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