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Vol 55 No 2

Published 24th January 2014


Mauritania

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

Although the ruling Union pour la République suffered setbacks in some smaller regions in last year’s general election, it has consolidated its grip and still monopolises the political arena. That will continue (AC Vol 54 No 13, Abdel Aziz's uncertain grip). The UPR is likely to coopt moderate or small opposition parties, such as the Alliance populaire progressiste and the Islamist Tawassoul (Intercession with God). President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will offer development projects and minor ministerial seats to maintain an inclusive, multi-party image for his government.

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