Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Mauritania

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Mauritania

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Apr. 18: The head of Mauritania's military government stated that the deposed former President in exile in Qatar, Maaouya Ould Sif Ahmed Taya, would be allowed to return to the country, but not to participate in the presidential elections slated for March 2007. It was also planned that members of the ruling Military Council for Justice and Democracy would be excluded from the elections. [Al-Jazeera, 4/19]

May 26: The military ruler of Mauritania, Colonel Ely Ould Mohammad Vall, issued a call for citizens to stamp out the remaining traces of slavery. Vall's statement was a rare official acknowledgement that slavery, though banned in 1981, was still a problem in Mauritania. [Fox News, 5/29]

June 2: Mauritanian security services arrested dozens of suspected members of the al-Qa'ida-linked Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), based in Algeria. The arrests took place in a month-long operation following the escape of three group members from a Nouakchott prison. [Reuters, 672]

June 8: Mauritania's military government adopted a new media law as a part of a series of media reforms. …

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