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UN lauds release of ousted Mauritanian president

Video by Nicolas GERMAIN , Audrey RACINE

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2008-12-22

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed reports of Mauritanian President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi's release from house arrest Sunday. But he said the military junta must go further and called for a restoration of "constitutional order".

AFP - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon late Sunday welcomed reports that Mauritanian President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdallahi had been released from house arrest.
   
"He also welcomes the removal of other restrictions imposed on him since he was deposed in a coup d'état on 6 August 2008," a unnamed spokesman for Ban said in a written statement.
   
Four military vehicles picked up Abdallahi in his home village of Lemden, 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of Nouakchott, and drove him to his private residence in the capital in the early hours of the morning Sunday, a security source told AFP.
   
"He now is free to move," the source said.
   
However, in an apparent show of defiance to the generals who ousted him, Abdallahi promptly returned to Lemden.
   
"The secretary general reiterates his call for the prompt restoration of constitutional order in Mauritania in the interest of peace and respect for the rule of law in the country," the spokesman for Ban said.

Date created : 2008-12-22

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