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Vol 53 No 21

Published 19th October 2012


Mauritania

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

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is navigating a delicate course across the region’s geopolitical minefield. Mauritania is not a member of the Economic Community of West African States yet it was still significant that in early September, Abdel Aziz ruled out any role for his country’s troops in the expected Ecowas intervention in Mali.

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