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Vol 49 No 17

Published 22nd August 2008


Quiet coup

President Abdallahi's sacking of top soldiers led to the return of military rule after little more than a year of democracy

With little fuss and no shooting, on 6 August General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz took power in Nouakchott, overthrowing the elected President regarded as his protégé, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi (AC Vol 48 No 10). Mauritania's army was back to its old ways.

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