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Opposition hails Mauritanian coup

One of Mauritania’s main opposition leaders, Ahmed Ould Dadda, has welcomed last week’s military coup. Mr Dadda told the BBC that he did not generally support coups, but there was no other way of changing the regime. The military council which overthrew the president has promised to end “totalitarian repression” and hold elections within two years. The takeover was greeted with street parties in the capital, but the African Union has suspended Mauritania. “We are very happy with the change and we are very happy there is no violence,” Mr Dadda told the BBC’s Network Africa programme. Full Story

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