IOF monitors transition process in Mauritania

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian head of state, Col.
Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, on Thursday received a delegation from the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) which is here to support the transitional process initiated after the overthrow of president Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya on 3 August 2005.
"The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) will assist in the efforts being undertaken at national level to push the process forward and normalise the (political) situation" in Mauritania, said Robert Dossou, who is leading the delegation.
According to Dossou, a lawyer from Benin, a previous delegation from the OIF had held discussions with the transition administration, political parties and civil society organisations.
Senior OIF officials had also met Col.
Vall during the 23rd Africa-France summit held in Bamako, Mali earlier this month.
The leader of the delegation, whose other member is Christine Desouches, explained that electoral and constitutional experts within his delegation would share their experience with Mauritanian authorities.
Mauritania will organise a series of elections starting with a constitutional referendum in June 2006 and end with presidential elections in March 2007.

29 december 2005 23:01:00




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