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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Qatar offers asylum to Mauritania ex-leader

Qatar has offered asylum to Mauritania's ousted president Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya almost two weeks after he was overthrown in a bloodless coup, a Gambian official said on Tuesday.

"Qatar has invited Taya to seek asylum there,", said a senior Gambian official in the capital Banjul, where Taya is currently in temporary refuge.

A Mauritanian diplomatic source also said Qatar had made an offer. Officials in Qatar were not immediately available to comment. A 17-member military council led by some of Taya�s closest aides seized power in the Islamic Republic on Aug. 3 while the president was out of the country, promising democratic elections within two years.

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