Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Alpha Condé reacts to Dadis Camara's bid to return home

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'We need an American in every train compartment'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

When China Sneezes: World markets rattled by bubble burst (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Desperate to get to Europe: How to handle migrant surge? (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of France's National Assembly

Read more

#TECH 24

Saving water, one shower at a time

Read more

FOCUS

Katrina, ten years on: Young survivors still grapple with trauma

Read more

ENCORE!

Has New Orleans got its groove back?

Read more

REPORTERS

Meet the French troops hunting jihadists in Sahel

Read more

Africa

Deposed president calls upcoming election 'a farce'

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-04-09

In an interview on Thursday with FRANCE 24, the deposed president of Mauritania, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi (left), denounced the country’s planned June 6 election as a “farce” and said he would not be running for office.

In an interview with FRANCE 24, deposed Mauritanian president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi denounced the country’s upcoming election as a “farce” after the leader of the country’s military junta confirmed elections would take place as planned on June 6.

 

“These elections are a farce. The military junta unilaterally decided to organize them outside any constitutional framework,” he said, “They don’t represent anything at all.”

 

“I think it is clear after what I have said that I will not be running for election,” he added.

 

Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi was elected president of the north African nation in April 2007, but was deposed in a coup by a military junta in August 2008.

 

He made the comments one day after the junta leader, General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said he planned to step down ahead of a presidential election scheduled for June 6. Ould Abdel Aziz, head of a state council that has been running the country since the coup, is widely expected to run for the presidency.

 

Abdallahi spoke to FRANCE 24 by telephone from his home in Lemden, 250 km from the capital Nouakchott, where he lives in internal exile.

Date created : 2009-04-09

COMMENT(S)