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President Taya took power in a bloodless coup in December 1984 and has been re-elected three times since. Correspondents say he later made enemies among Islamists in the country, which is an Islamic Republic. Critics accuse the government of using the US-led war on terror to crackdown on Islamic opponents.
Politics in Mauritania have always been heavily influenced by personalities, with any leader's ability to exercise political power dependent upon control over resources; perceived ability or integrity; and tribal, ethnic, family, and personal considerations. Conflict between white Moor, black Moor, and non-Moor ethnic groups, centering on language, land tenure, and other issues, continues to be the dominant challenge to national unity.
Some time in the early hours of the morning a large portion of the Mauritania Army - an Oil Rich Islamic state - was over-thrown while the President was away.
Originally posted by subz
Can I ask why you dont have contributions attributed to you Odium?
You've posted quite a few threads. Have you noticed? The only people I see like that are the mods JB1 and FredT.
[edit on 4/8/05 by subz]