August 03, 2005
Fresh News: Coup in Mauretania (The Question: Will Anyone Notice?)
I leave it to the wiser among us to give the True Meaning. And, yes, that headline is the Financial Times' own misspelling.
Armed forces seize power in Mauritiana
Mauritania’s armed forces have set up a military council to rule the country and end the ”totalitarian” regime of President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya, a statement broadcast on state media said on Wednesday.
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First, thanks to Mathew on this. We here in North Africa caught this yesterday. Among the things discussed in the Big Wig dinner I attended last night was the fact that no one but the Maghrebine seemed to have noticed.
Second, Ould Taya has been rather unpopular for a while, and his regime rather crappy for a while. Series of coup attempts have hit the regime in the past 5 years or so.
What is going to emerge out of this? Hard to say, but I note the Moroccan government and its associated interests (who have been investing in Mauretania and Senegal in an active way) have as of this AM remained silent on the event.
Certainly in the North African business circles, as represented at dinner last night, there was a general sense of bemusement. No one particularly liked Ould Taya, and while coups are generally bad precedent and bad form, no one seems to be shedding any tears.
I might add that characterising the coup as "the Armed Forces" siezing power seems a bit odd given Ould Taya is himself from the Armed Forces.
Better to say, "New Faction in the Armed Forces kicks out Old Faction."
Otherwise, The Financial Times article is decent.
Open question as to whether the Army will exit or not. I suspect not, there is new oil production off-shore, money to be extracted....
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Mauretania popped up on my radar screen yesterday too but only because I watch region specific news feeds. if there is a large amount of oil to be had off the coast, which I suspect there might be, it will be fun to watch certain administrations cozy up to the new boss of Mauretania.
Posted by: drdougfir at August 4, 2005 09:18 AM
It's true. I didn't know the coup happened until I saw this entry a few hours ago.
Posted by: Ali at August 4, 2005 10:26 PM