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01 July 2009 @ 09:57 pm
African Union lifts sanctions on Mauritania  

(AFRICAN, UNION, SANCTIONS, MAURITANIA, JUNTA, ELECTION)


ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union has dropped sanctions on Mauritania and lifted a suspension from the body because of steps it is taking to restore democracy this month, the Union said in a statement on Wednesday. The African Union suspended Mauritania after the army overthrew the elected president in August last year and froze assets and imposed visa and travel bans on members of the junta and its supporters. But an election is due on July 18 under a transition administration agreed on by the junta and the civilian opposition in the iron ore-producing northwest African country of 3 m... read more