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May 7, 2009

Aha, so the ruling party in Mauritania will be called Union pour la république (UPR). It was confirmed Wednesday, when the newly created party elected Gen. Mohamed ould Abdelaziz as its first leader and presidential candidate. Pro-regime parliamentarians have duly stampeded to join the UPR, and it already holds a majority in parliament. You sure can’t accuse Mauritanian apparatchiks and tribal notables of not being principled: they’d rather die than oppose the person currently in control of state salaries.

“The country today has 73 parties”, Gen. Abdelaziz said in his inaugural speech, “and the UPR must distinguish itself by assuming a vanguard position in the struggle against injustice, the diversion of public funds, and to banish regionalism and tribalism.”

Yep. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. In other news, we hear, two Mauritanian lieutenant-colonels were arrested yesterday, while the army leadership suddenly announced that soldiers will be given land for free. Hm. But move along now, or you’ll miss the party.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hnnsbhrnbrg permalink*
    May 8, 2009 07:43

    very scary indeed. thanks for the update.

  2. Tidinit permalink
    May 8, 2009 12:24

    Great post alle.

    General Aziz is struggling against:

    – injustice: he got political opponents in prison against trumpeted charges of corruption (he may be right), but he lets free the other ones such as Ely Ould Mohamed Vall he accused the other day of mis-appropriating $400 million during the 2005-2007 transition;

    – diversion of public funds: he has been doing it like no one and fearlessly. Case of millions of US$ dollars gone missing and the Central Bak and the Treasury bankrupt. The most recent is $45 million gone missing and the guys pay people left and rigt. He got his cousin nominated governor of the Central Bank and there is more, and

    – tribalism: the guy is joking (not must be and I repeat he is joking). He got surrounded by his family members: governor of Central Bank, Foreign Minister, a cousin banker who receives every deal on the surface of Mauritania’s dunes and some others close to power from family or kins by marriage. The guy is joking.

    It is scary, unfair and very dangerous the game he is playing and he has not won yet.

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