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EU restricts aid to Mauritania, threatens sanctions

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Mauritania’s Prime Minister Ould Mohamed Leghdaf, and the military junta who appointed him after a coup in August, have been given a one-month ultimatum: European officials say ‘restore constitutional order or face sanctions’. This was at a meeting at the World Bank’s offices in Paris.

Two weeks ago, the African Union (or AU) called for reinstatement of the country’s first elected president, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. Nouakchott refused.

Sanctions on the new military leaders could incude travel restrictions and asset freezes. Under the terms of the Cotonou Accord with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the EU said it would give Mauritania only humanitarian aid for the time being.

Human rights delegates who have been allowed to visit the former leader say he is keen to defend his record of economic management over his 15 months in power.