Background: Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976, but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA siezed power in a coup in 1984. Opposition parties were legalized and a new constitution approved in 1991. Two multiparty presidential elections since then were widely seen as flawed, but October 2001 legislative and municipal elections were generally free and open. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council headed by Col. Ely Ould Mohamed VALL, which declared it would remain in power for up to two years while it created conditions for genuine democratic institutions. For now, however, Mauritania remains, a one-party state. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions between its black population and the Maur (Arab-Berber) populace.
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- April 16th 2012 We're in Mauritania!
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- November 25th 2011 Lot do domu...
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- September 28th 2011 Droga do Marrakechu: Senegal-Mauretania-Sahara.
by Words: 994 Photos: 17
- September 2nd 2011 Wszyscy jestesmy Tubabami!
by Words: 593 Photos: 16
- April 2nd 2011 Getting stood up by a camel in the Sahara
by Words: 3027 Photos: 76
- March 31st 2011 The Iron Ore Train
by Words: 2673 Photos: 28
- December 11th 2010 Mauritania: December 2010
by Words: 1686 Photos: 24
- November 27th 2010 Crawling up through Mauritania
by Words: 1483 Photos: 32
- June 21st 2010 Mauritania
by Words: 196 Photos: 0
- April 23rd 2010 The Mauritanian Experience
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- April 6th 2010 Life lessons and Saharan autostop
by Words: 1171 Photos: 11
- January 19th 2010 Mauritania a Country of Sand
by Words: 1197 Photos: 4
- December 20th 2009 Mauritania
by Words: 697 Photos: 27
- December 15th 2009 Mauritania to Marrakesh in one easy lesson
by Words: 2389 Photos: 10
- November 25th 2009 Mauritania and the Sahara Desert
by Words: 1851 Photos: 8
- July 11th 2009 Finished in the Desert for Now
by Words: 207 Photos: 6
- July 11th 2009 Nouakchott
by Words: 365 Photos: 1
- July 7th 2009 Iron-Ore Train to Choum and then Atar
by Words: 88 Photos: 6
- July 4th 2009 Philip: Border Crossing and into Mauritania
by Words: 1021 Photos: 3
- June 3rd 2009 Bye Bye Mauritania!
by Words: 267 Photos: 6