Mauritania's presidential election has been delayed until July 18, according to Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio. The poll is the first since General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (photo) took power in a military coup last August.
In this edition: the Mauritanian opposition calls for a boycott of the presidential election; the auction of objects from the reopening Mamounia hotel in Morocco; a club just for Algerian businesswomen.
'The week in the Maghreb' explores Algeria's decision to boost their local pharmaceutical industry by banning foreign imports, gives an update on Mauritania's presidential run, and looks at why Morocco's argan oil is in such demand.
The week in the Maghreb takes a look at Mauritania's June presidential election, a gigantic oil project in Libya and Moroccan private investigators - a profession that is rapidly gaining in popularity.
In this edition: Libya looks to free trade to boost North African economies during the global downturn, Mauritanian fishermen feel the squeeze and a fresh wave of designers mix old and new on the catwalk, pushing the classic boundaries.
In this edition: 'Shiite propaganda' worries Moroccan government, the tensions in Mauritania even as the military regime vows to hold democratic elections and the Constitutional Council in Algeria rejects an opposition complaint of fraud.
General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, leader of Mauritania's junta, announced his resignation late Wednesday to run in a June presidential election. The general ousted the country's democratically elected president in August 2008.
The leader of Mauritania's military junta, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, will quit his post as army general to run in the country's June presidential election. Aziz also warned that African Union sanctions against his regime would fail.
In this edition: the landslide victory for the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria's elections does not satisfy the opposition; Morocco clamps down on counterfeit products; the fight against the desert continues in Mauritania.
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.