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Suspended by African Union

August 10, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The African Union will suspend Mauritania until democracy is restored in the West African nation where soldiers overthrew the president this week, AU chair Tanzania said.

Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe said Mauritania had signed several AU conventions banning illegal changes of government, including one last month. Soldiers led by the presidential guard overthrew Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, the country's first democratically elected president, on Wednesday after he tried to sack senior officers.

The country's new leaders, led by presidential guard chief Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, have promised elections.

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