Mauritanian gov't resigns in face of censure vote

The parliamentary censure motion was a first in Mauritania after a military junta handed over power to civilian democratic rule through elections last year in the Islamic Saharan state.

Mauritanian gov't resigns in face of censure vote

Mauritanian Prime Minister Yahya Ahmed El Waghef's government resigned on Thursday three days after deputies in parliament had scheduled a no-confidence vote against it, the state news agency AIM said.

The parliamentary censure motion was a first in Mauritania after a military junta handed over power to civilian democratic rule through elections last year in the Islamic Saharan state. It had been due to be voted on in the next few days.

"Prime Minister Yahya Ahmed El Waghef ... has informed the President of the Republic of the resignation of his government," AIM reported.

President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi appointed El Waghef as his new prime minister in May, seeking to consolidate his political and parliamentary power base as his country faced soaring food prices.

In response to the proposed no-confidence vote sponsored by a group of rebel members of his own ruling National Pact for Development and Democracy (PNDD-ADIL) party, Abdallahi on Wednesday threatened to dissolve parliament if it went ahead.

The president was now expected to name a new prime minister to form a new government.

Reuters

Last Mod: 03 Temmuz 2008, 15:00
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