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Ousted premier urges resistance

August 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Mauritania's ousted prime minister was freed from house arrest and defiantly refused to recognize the African country's ruling military junta.

Prime Minister Yahya Ould Ahmed Waghef told a rally of several thousand people that the country would not accept last week's bloodless coup that forced President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi from power. Abdallahi remains under arrest.

Waghef said the president was in good health and encouraged the crowd to keep pushing to restore the government to power.

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