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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

MRT

Website

Mauritania

Established

11/28/1960

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

8/26/2012


Government

President

Adrar

Assaba

Brakna

Dakhlet Nouadhibou

Gorgol

Guidimaka

Hodh ech Chargui

Hodh el Gharbi

Inchiri

Nouakchott

Tagant

Tiris Zemmour

Trarza


DESCRIPTION

Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976, but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Opposition parties were legalized and a new constitution approved in 1991. Two multiparty presidential elections since then were widely seen as flawed, but October 2001 legislative and municipal elections were generally free and open. Mauritania remains, in reality, a one-party state. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions between its black minority population and the dominant Maur (Arab-Berber) populace.


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MEDIA

EVENTS

3/31/2012

General Election

Mauritania Parliamentary Elections

Posted by Picimpalious


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

12/21/2008 4:00 am

News

Mauritania frees deposed leader

Jason

8/3/2005 10:00 am

News

Soldiers in Mauritania stage coup

Ben

11/14/2003 12:00 am

Amusing

Mauritania looks to export camel cheese

RP

11/10/2003 12:00 am

News

Charges for Mauritania candidate

Picimpalious


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