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Mauritania: Mauritania highlighted preparations for the initial round of the presidential election


The media in Mauritania this week highlighted preparations for the initial round of the presidential election scheduled for 21 June this year. In its Thursday edition, the newspaper 'l’Authentique' highlighted the poll under the headline “Presidential election 2014: The opposition negotiates, the government refines campaign strategy.”

The newspaper said that the radical opposition National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU) was a voice in the wilderness. Meanwhile, president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who just announced his candidature for the poll, had shown his determination not to postpone the date.

The weekly magazine \'Biladi\' agrees wholeheartedly and underlines \'an impossible compromise\' in the perspective of the 21 June presidential election.

The newspaper said: \'Next several attempts, as obstacle games, the government, the Coalition for Peaceful Change (CAP) and the National Forum for Democracy and Unity seem to have failed to re-establish credible consultation that could result in a free and equitable presidential election.\'

\'Le Quotidien de Nouakchott\', noted the \'impossible dialogue between the government and the opposition\', saying \'the National Forum for Democracy and Unity has at last realised that the critical dialogue, which it wants, is not of topical issue for the government and its satellite parties”.

The weekly magazine, the \'Calame\', said president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz would win the next presidential election, but he must be urged to make evolution in terms of democracy in Mauritania.

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