In Mauritania, rallies have been held in support of the new army government -- which seized power in a bloodless coup earlier this month.
In Mauritania, rallies have been held in support of the new army government -- which seized power in a bloodless coup earlier this month. Last week, thousands rallied in the streets of the capital -- Nouakchott -- to demonstrate their support for the new military government. And on tuesday (18 July), a large crowd descended on the Presidential palace where they were greeted personally by the new leader, Colonel Moustapha Ould Salek. The rally took place on the day Colonel Ould Salek received an official envoy from Zaire's President Mobutu.
SYNOPSIS: More than 300 vehicles and several thousand people on foot took part in the march from the capital's airport to the Presidential palace. The rally was organised by the Confederation of Mauritanian Employers and Artisans (CEAM), to express support for Colonel Ould Salek's Military Committee for National Recovery which is now running state affairs.
Colonel Ould Salek who later met the assembled crowd, was recently reported as saying that the new government would deal with the country's economic and military problems with policies that would reflect the wishes of all Mauritanians.
Colonel Ould Salek is now firmly installed in the Presidential palace where the deposed leader, Moktar Ould Daddah, recently resided. It was here that he greeted a special envoy from President Mobutu of Zaire.
The Zairean envoy bore a special letter to Colonel Ould Salek from President Mobutu, details of which have not been released. But diplomatic sources suggest Zaire is keen for close ties with the new Mauritanian government.