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Text by Catherine LE LOHÉ

Latest update : 2008-11-13

Under threat of EU sanctions, Nouakchott has moved the former Mauritanian president, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, under house arrest since his ouster on August 6, to his native village. France 24 spoke to his daughter on Thursday.



FRANCE 24: Where is your father at the moment?

Amal Cheikh Abdallahi:
At 5 o’clock this morning he arrived in the village where he was born. The villagers called us to tell us.



What do you think of this transfer ?
My father was moved to give the impression that he had been freed before the ultimatum from the international community, who demand his immediate and unconditional liberation.

However my father was driven in a car full of soldiers! It’s a masquerade which will soon be revealed. People will realise that my father is not really free, that he is still deprived of his freedom.

This action is unjustified. He is permanently watched, surrounded by guards, with security around his house. I don’t think he is able to leave his home.



What is his current state of health?
Thanks to a cousin of mine who is there, I was able to speak to him for just a minute on the telephone. It is the first time I’ve spoken to him in six months. He seems to be alright. I hope I can go and see him soon.



Does your father still want to return to power ?
Of course ! He is still Mauritania’s legitimate president until 2012 and he will behave as such.



Is he willing to use force to be able to return to power ?
No. Democrats use their legitimacy. He won’t use force. The majority of Mauritanians support him. There are fronts on the inside and on the outside to support my father.

Date created : 2008-11-13