Troops stage coup in Mauritania

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  1. The president and prime minister of Mauritania, in north-west Africa, have been taken into custody by soldiers in an apparent military coup.

    President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi and Prime Minister Yahia Ould Ahmed El-Ouakef are being held by unknown troops, French news agency AFP reports.

    Mauritania staged elections in June 2007, two years after a military coup.

    The country has been gripped by political crisis for a fortnight, after a vote of no confidence in the cabinet.

    On Tuesday, 48 MPs walked out of the ruling party.

    In the first indications of a military coup on Wednesday, state television was taken off the air amid reports of unusual troop movements in the capital, Nouakchott.

    Mauritania is one of the world's poorest nations as well as its newest oil producer.

    The desert nation is looking to oil revenues to boost its economy


    Great lets follow suit!
  2. quote...Mauritania is one of the world's poorest nations as well as its newest OIL producer.

    Oil eh? !!!!!!!!!
  3. Can't see the French standing idly by on this one
  4. since they are fairly close to the military, it would be fair to say that this shows they haven't been.
    the US is a fairly big player in country with Civil Affairs teams doing allsorts of interesting projects, so it will be interesting to see what their reaction will be.

    since coups (or attempted coups) used to be every 18 months pre 2005, this also looks like normal resumption of service
  5. oh joy! i have a ship due in nouakchott on friday!! i shall either be spending the weekend getting frantic calls and tears or as i think it shall be business as per normal

    it will be back to normal next week
  6. So if they can do it, why can't we?
  7. France is not very present in Mauritania

    Translation from the french embassy website in Mauritania

    "After the difficult times* of June 1999, the resumption of military cooperation in 2003 has resulted in some fifty courses in France and in national schools with a regional mission (ENVR). Two detached officers have joined the General Staff since the summer of 2003 , one to implement the proposed restructuring of the General Staff, the other to establish a training policy. A third has joined in the summer of 2005."

    *The arrest on torture charges of a mauritanian officier following a course in France; more details there:
  8. Hmmm..........another evavuation operation coming up?
  9. US reaction

    The french make a polite protest.
    Total & Gaz de France are the biggest companies there after Petronas who took over the woodside offshore oil field (allegedly sold for a dollar). The Gas offshore is considerable 7+ Tcf (approx 1/3rd of UK north sea gas), though access to market will need the recent developments in LNG floating production storage and offtake vessels and transfer couplings that Gaz de France has been pioneering....