Saturday, May 30, 2009
Elections in Mauritania
As Mauritania's June 6th elections approach, no major opposition figures will participate and the election of General Muhammad Ould Abdel-Aziz, who led the August 2008 coup, is almost the forgone conlcusion. Christopher Boucek provides a reading into Mauritanian politics and the likely victory of Ould Abdel-Aziz. Boucek argues that Mauritanian politics are dominated by military personalities despite Abdel-Aziz’s resignation from the High State Council and his subsequent announcement that he would run as a civilian candidate.