OIF lifts suspension of Mauritania

Paris- France (PANA) -- The international Francophone Organization (OIF) on Monda y lifted the suspension of Mauritania, saying the country has returned to consti t utional order following the 18 July presidential election.
In a resolution adopted in Paris at the close of the 74th session of the organiz ation's permanent Council (CPF), OIF said that the presidential election won by p resident Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was held in â?satisfactorily conditionsâ?.
CPF, which brings together representatives of heads of state from OIF member cou ntries, also urged the secretary-general of the francophone organization, Abdou D iouf, to support the national reconciliation process and the return to rule of l a w in Mauritania.
However, the CPF maintained the suspension of Guinea and Madagascar.
The members of the session asked the secretary-general of OIF to present, over a period of 60 days, a report on the political situation in Niger, where the opposition is still challenging the August referendum held by p resident Mamadou Tandja to amend a new constitution that extended by three years his term expected to end late December.
Stressing the case of Guinea, the representatives of heads of state decided to s trengthen the suspension measures on the country by supporting to the mediation e ntrusted by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) to Burkina F a so's president, Blaise Compaorأ©.
It is worth pointing out that OIF announced suspension of Mauritania following t he military coup instigated in August 2008 by the junta led by general Ould Abde l Aziz.
The francophone organisation also suspended Guinea after the military junta took power following the death of President Lansana Contأ© in December 2008.
Madagascar was expelled from OIF after President Marc Ravalomanana was ousted fr om power by Andry Rajoelina, with the help of the army.

14 december 2009 23:44:00

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