The streets of Nouakchott were adorned with flags and decorations on Saturday (28 November) to mark the tenth anniversary of Mauritania's independence from France.
The streets of Nouakchott were adorned with flags and decorations on Saturday (28 November) to mark the tenth anniversary of Mauritania's independence from France. President Moktar Ould Daddah made a report to the National Assembly on the state of the nation.
The President, who has led the country since it obtained independence from France, reaffirmed the total support of his people for the African liberation struggle. He also condemned the United States role in Vietnam and those nations which have voted against the admission to the United Nations of the People's Republic of China.
On internal matters, he outlined plans to increase industrial production, to develop rural areas and to improve education and sanitation.
More than 200 foreign delegates took part in the festivities including representatives of the former colonial power, France. By a strange quirk of history, it was the people of Mauritania, formerly known as Moors, who once colonised much of France. After over-running Spain more than a thousand years ago, they occupied a large portion of France until defeated at the battle of Poitiers in the year 732.
Mauritania, which stretches from the Sahara to the Atlantic coast is one of Africa's most stable countries. It is an Islamic Republic.