Mauritania opposition plans to boycott election
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A coalition of Mauritania’s most prominent opposition parties says they will boycott next month’s presidential election, complaining that opposition leaders were not sufficiently consulted before the date was set.
The 17-party National Forum for Democracy and Unity said Sunday the June 21 election date, announced last month, was chosen unilaterally despite government-initiated talks between the two sides.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz assumed power in the West African nation in a 2008 coup. He won a presidential vote the following year and has since become a key ally of the West in the fight against terrorism.
His party, the Union of the Republic, secured a majority of seats in last year’s parliamentary elections, which were also boycotted by much of the opposition. If necessary, a runoff will be July 5.