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Internet restored in Ethiopia 10 days after assassinations

Jul. 2, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has begun restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after it was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials. On June 22, attackers shot and killed the Amhara governor and two other officials. On the same night in Addis Ababa, the country's army...

Mauritania's constitutional council confirms new president

Jul. 1, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) —   Mauritania's constitutional council has confirmed Mohamed Ould Ghazouani as the country's president-elect. The council announced Monday that Ould Ghazouania had been elected to a five-year term. He is to be inaugurated on August 1. Ould Ghazouani, 62, a retired general...

Mauritania's electoral commission confirms Ghazouani win

Jun. 24, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a retired general who served as defense minister before being picked as the chosen successor to Mauritania's outgoing president, won the weekend election by a large margin, the country's electoral commission announced. The result had been widely...

Mauritanian president's candidate claims election victory

Jun. 23, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The candidate chosen by Mauritania's outgoing president has claimed victory only hours after polls closed. Mohamed Ould El Ghazouani is a retired general who served as Mauritania's defense minister before being chosen as the heir apparent to retiring President Mohamed Ould...

Mauritania votes as 1st peaceful transfer of power expected

Jun. 22, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritanians on Saturday went to the polls as the outgoing president's preferred successor faced five opposition candidates in this West African nation threatened by Islamic extremism. It was expected to be the country's first peaceful transfer of power. One candidate of...