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Vol 54 No 13

Published 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

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz returned to Nouakchott in the second week in June, following yet another medical check-up in France after being wounded in the stomach in October 2012 (AC Vol 53 No 21, Aziz's power game). On the eve of his departure, Mauritanian trades unions demonstrated their strength with a march of several thousand people. A dozen other, smaller protests took place in the three weeks until he returned; many of them involved fighting, rioting and damage to government property.

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