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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

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