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    The Islamic Republic of Mauritania celebrated its 15th anniversary of independence on Thursday (27 November) in lavish style.

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    The Islamic Republic of Mauritania celebrated its 15th anniversary of independence on Thursday (27 November) in lavish style.

    A huge stadium in the centre of the capital Nouakchott was the centre for the celebrations which were the most spectacular since Mauritania became a Republic in 1960 after 40 years of French colonialism.

    President Moktar Ould Daddah presided over the events of the day which included displays by hundreds of dancers. Representatives of many foreign countries arrived for the occasion. One of the prominent guests was the chinese ambassador to Mauritania.

    During the day, President Ould Daddah laid the first stone of an electric power station and of a national health centre. Both are being financed by China.

    Mauritania is a nation of unending Sahara desert landscape with a population of just over one million people. Until recently, most of the papulation was nomadic but the five-year African drought has meant changes in their lives.

    Thousands of the nomads have now decided to settle outside the capital.

    Mauritania is a poor country but the future appears to be brighter. It boasts rich deposits of iron or and copper, and early next year Mauritania become some of the countries that will temporarily govern the phosphate-rich neighbouring country of Spanish Sahara.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people gathered in Nouakchott on Thursday to celebrate Mauritania's independence day. President Moktar Ould Daddah and his wife presided over the events in the stadium. A special guest was the Chinese ambassador.

    The Islamic Republic of Mauritania was celebrating its fifteenth year of independence. In nineteen-sixty, the nation of one million people and predominantly desert territory became a republic after forty years of French rule. Hundreds of children performed a rhythmic dance in the stadium. The people of Mauritania are mostly nomads though there has been a change in the last year. The Saharan desert nation suffered greatly during the recent savage African drought.

    President Ould Daddah and his government have been facing problems of rehousing the thousands of nomads who have decided to settle in towns. The country is poor but the future, could be brighter as Mauritania boasts rich deposits of iron ore and copper.

    Mauritania and its people have recently become the centre of international attention. With spain and Morocco, Mauritania will early next year temporarily govern the neighbouring phosphate-rich country, the Spanish Sahara. The ethnic and cultural links between Mauritania and the Spanish Sahara have long been established.

    To mark independence day, President Ould Daddah laid the first stone for two new projects in the country -- an electric power station and a new national health centre. china is financing both projects.

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