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Mauritania arrests former prime minister

Mauritania arrests former prime minister

Police arrested Mauritania's recently ousted prime minister Thursday as he tried to attend a demonstration against the instigators of this northwest African country's Aug. 6 coup, his supporters said.
The bloodless coup was led by generals who accused the president they deposed of ruling the country like a dictator, including blocking parliament's attempts to investigate corruption charges against his wife.
President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi and a number of top officials were taken hostage during the takeover, including then-Prime Minister Yahya Ould Ahmed Waqef. All except Abdallahi, who remains under house arrest, were released after about a week.
Ahmed Ould Wadia, representative of a group of parliamentarians who have denounced the coup, said Waqef was re-arrested Thursday as he tried to enter the northern port city of Nouadhibou for a demonstration against the coup leaders.
Police officials reached by phone declined to confirm or deny the arrest.
The anti-coup legislators are a minority in Mauritania's 151-member parliament. More than 100 lawmakers signed a declaration praising the military takeover soon after the putsch.
The former French colony of Mauritania has been plagued by coups since independence in 1960. This month's takeover ousted the country's first democratically elected president in more than 20 years and has been widely denounced by an international community that supported and praised the transparency of last year's elections.


Updated : 2021-05-14 15:48 GMT+08:00