Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Mauritania

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Mauritania

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Aug. 3: A group of army officers, identifying themselves as the Military Council for Justice and Democracy in Mauritania, announced the overthrow of the President and the formation of a military council as troops seized key government buildings. President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya was in Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Fahd when the coup took place. [Al-Jazeera, 8/3]

Aug. 7: The military council released 21 political prisoners held under the ousted government Maaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya. [BBC, 8/7]

Aug. 8: The 17-member Military Council for Justice and Democracy named Colonel Ely Ould Muhammad Vall as the new leader of the country. Until the coup, he had been seen as a close ally of deposed leader President Taya, and had played a prominent role in the 1984 coup which brought Taya to power. [BBC, 8/8]

Aug. 9: African Union (AU) officials traveled to Mauritania to meet the junta that seized power in a bloodless coup on August 3. The delegation, which included ministers from Nigeria and South Africa, urged the new government to restore constitutional order. The AU had suspended Mauritania from the 53-nation group on August 4 because the junta violated the country's constitutional provisions when they seized power. …

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