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Monday, August 22, 2005

Qatar Welcomes Ousted Mauritanian Leader

Mauritania's ousted leader Maaouiya Ould Taya was due late Sunday to leave Gambia, where he has been for nearly two weeks, and head to Qatar which has granted him refuge, official sources there said. A plane taking Ould Taya to Doha in Qatar was due to take off from Banjul at 1700 GMT, the source said on condition of anonymity. The ousted leader, toppled in a bloodless coup on August 3, is due to be accompanied by his family and private secretary, the source added giving no further details.



(The coup against President Taya was greeted with street parties)


Ould Taya arrived in Gambia on August 9, having first gone to Niger after the coup took place while he was attending the funeral of King Fahd of Saudia Arabia. The Mauritanian junta which seized power has formed a civilian government and promised a new constitution and elections within two years. The coup has been widely welcomed at home and accepted internationally despite formal condemnations by the African Union.



Source: Forbes | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
Filed Under: Qatar, Mauritanian Junta, Coup, President | Permalink



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