Agreement in Mauritania?
The French-backed Senegalese mediation in the Mauritanian crisis came through, it seems, and both the RFD and the FNDD anti-coup front have signed an agreement with the junta. If this solution sticks, and the opposition accepts the holding of new elections to replace the deposed president, Gen. Abdelaziz will have all but won their long power struggle, although there may be parts of the agreement we haven’t seen that dilute his victory. (Such as who gets appointed to what, and set timetables for future decisions, etc.)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Mauritania’s rival political factions have agreed to postpone Saturday’s scheduled presidential election until July 18, officials said Tuesday. … If no candidate wins a majority of votes in July’s election, a second round will be held Aug. 1.
And they will also add new candidates to the list? The RFD’s belated opposition seems to have been all about giving Ahmed ould Daddah another shot at the presidency, but now he claims to be happy with what has been agreed.
Tuesday‘s agreement calls for the formation of a 28-member transitional government. Aziz would have the right to appoint the prime minister and half the ministers, and rival parties the rest.
Not much of a concesssion from him, actually, since he also apparently gets to elect himself president, and power rests basically with the presidency. Were the opposition leaders all drugged in Dakar, or bribed, or what happened — it seems like there’s very little in return for their approval of the coup? Or am I misreading this? Clearly something sneaky is going on — among other things, the leader of the coup-before-the-last-one, Gen. Vall, just signed up as a candidate in the elections.
Our resident Mauritania-watchers are hereby invited to connect the dots.