By Anthony G. Pazzanita
Mauritania is bordered by means of Senegal within the south, Mali within the east, Algeria within the a long way northeast, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the north. Comprised typically of mammoth stretches of wilderness, this younger state has escaped the ravages of the violent interstate and civil conflicts that experience so bedeviled Africa. Mauritanian society possesses historic antecedents and a common spiritual religion that has been practiced over a number of centuries. those features have given the rustic a occasionally fragile yet quite resilient experience of nationwide id, which has survived into the twenty first century within the face of robust political, nearby, ethnic/racial, and tribal rivalries due to the fact its independence in 1960. An financial system principally established at the export of uncooked fabrics, a vulnerable agricultural area, and a harsh weather in such a lot components extra upload to the demanding situations confronting all Mauritanians.
The 3rd version of the Historical Dictionary of Mauritania―through its chronology, introductory essay, maps, bibliography, and 1000s of cross-referenced dictionary entries on vital folks, areas, occasions, associations, and demanding political, monetary, social, and cultural aspects―provides an enormous reference on Mauritania.
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Mohammed Khouna Ould Heydallah, who was once regarded as much less against a separate peace treaty with Polisario. Ould Bouceif came across himself outmaneuvered in the CMSN via Ould Heydallah on a number of events. The CMSN’s frustration grew as Mauritania’s lack of ability to go out from the Western Sahara dispute started to weigh much more seriously at the country’s economic climate. Mauritania’s inner obstacle bought one other critical surprise on 27 may well 1979, whilst Ould Bouceif used to be killed in a airplane crash close to Dakar, Senegal, as he used to be arriving at a West African summit convention. in the CMSN, the scene was once surely one in all a few drama over the subsequent numerous days, because the factions contained in the council jostled for 116 • COMITÉ MILITAIRE DE SALUT nationwide domination. 4 days later, on 31 may possibly, Ould Heydallah succeeded in assuming the top ministership whereas conserving the protection portfolio, ousting the powerless authentic president, Ould Salek, and fitting one other figurehead, Lt. -Col. Mohammed Mahmoud Ould Louly, in his position. a brand new executive was once introduced on three June 1979, with 14 participants, nine of whom have been army officials and five of whom have been black Mauritanians. After a few persisted hesitations—and a quick resumption of army assaults through Polisario—the Algiers contract, a peace treaty with the Western Saharan nationalist workforce, used to be signed on five August. below the treaty, Mauritania agreed to go away Tiris elGharbia. For Mauritania, the Western Sahara clash was once basically over, yet there has been to be little respite from different difficulties. within the 4 years following four January 1980, whilst Ould Heydallah assumed complete strength as head of country (sending Ould Louly into retirement), he started to act in a extra dictatorial demeanour, consulting his CMSN colleagues much less and no more after a few of them vocally dissented from his regulations. He additionally had a behavior of reshuffling his cupboard each few months, made appeals to populist sentiments by way of instituting many of the harsher provisions of the Islamic sharia in 1980 (including public floggings and amputations), and it sounds as if allowed corruption in public existence to turn into nearly institutionalized. at the monetary entrance, droughts, persevered desertification, and falling costs for Mauritania’s commodity exports have been pushing the country’s humans to the purpose of melancholy. the ultimate straw for the opposite army officials at the CMSN can have come on 27 February 1984, whilst, pleasing a pledge he had frequently made, Ould Heydallah prolonged formal reputation to the Polisario Front’s government-in-exile, the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). the top of nation had obviously acted entirely on his personal, angering a lot of his colleagues, who have been involved that Morocco’s King Hassan II might retaliate opposed to Mauritania after this step were taken. Ould Heydallah—characteristically—responded to this feedback through jailing a few and demoting others, particularly his influential minister of protection, Col. Maaouiya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya, who was once quickly shifted again to his outdated put up, that of military leader of employees.