After a voter turnout of 53.73%, 85% of citizens who voted said 'yes' to abolish the senate and change the country's flag, the national electoral commission says. The opposition accuse President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of using the referendum to try and secure a third term in office by seeking to change the constitution.
UN Chief Says 'Disagreements' Over Referendum Results Must Be Addressed Peacefully
UN News, 8 August 2017
Following Mauritania's 5 August constitutional referendum, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has encouraged all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are… Read more »
Président Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
Voters Support Abolition of Senate, Handing President Aziz a Victory
Deutsche Welle, 7 August 2017
Mauritanians have voted in a referendum to abolish their Senate, in a victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Opposition groups say Aziz is laying the groundwork for a third… Read more »
Mauritania Votes On Controversial Constitutional Reform
Al Jazeera, 5 August 2017
Mauritanians are voting on contentious constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz that some opposition legislators say could prompt slide towards… Read more »
Mauritanians Head to Polls in Controversial Referendum
RFI, 5 August 2017
Mauritanians voted Saturday in a referendum on constitutional reform that would mean abolishing the country's Senate and changing the national flag. Critics see it as a covert… Read more »
Country Votes in Controversial Constitutional Referendum
Deutsche Welle, 5 August 2017
Mauritanians go to the polls to vote in a controversial constitutional referendum boycotted by several opposition parties and civil society groups. Saturday's vote is overshadowed… Read more »
Mauritania - UN Rights Office Voices Concern About Unrest Ahead of Constitutional Referendum
UN News, 3 August 2017
The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly… Read more »
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