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Presidential elections delayed until July 18

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.

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Reuters - Mauritania's presidential election has been delayed until July 18, Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio said on Tuesday, after several days of meetings between political parties and Mauritania's military junta in the Senegalese capital.

 

Mauritania's election, the first since a coup in the desert state last August, was due to take place on June 6 but opposition parties had said they would boycott the poll in protest at the military government's election timetable.

 

An interim administration will take over from the ruling junta until polls are held.

 

"The formation of a transitional government will take place on June 6," Gadio said.

 

General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a presidential guardsman at the time, overthrew the first freely elected leader of the desert state which straddles black and Arab Africa and is an ally of the West in the fight against al Qaeda, in a bloodless coup which brought widespread international condemnation.

 

 

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