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Mauritanian president consolidates his power base

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Significance

The highest-profile event is an ongoing inquiry into alleged corruption under the previous president (and a former ally of the current one), Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who was formally charged with corruption and other crimes in March. The fact tht this high-drama but slow-moving case is the top story points to how quiet the political scene is overall.

Impacts

  • Anti-corruption efforts can serve as public relations tools for building credibility abroad.
  • Corruption probes can serve as a warning to current officials that they, too, may face scrutiny in future.
  • The dropping of charges against Ould Abdel Aziz’s enemies is allowing key political players, such as Ould Bouamatou, to reassert influence.

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