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Yearbook 1999

Mauritania. According to Countryaah official website, the municipal elections at the end of January meant a success for the ruling party Parti Républicain Démocratique et Social (PRDS). However, the election result was annulled in about ten electoral districts due to irregularities. It was the first time a Mauritanian government party recognized the existence of electoral fraud. All major opposition parties boycotted the election.

1999 Mauritania

In the capital Nouakchott, only one in five voters voted, but in some parts of the countryside, turnout was as high as 90%.

At the beginning of the year, there was information that Mauritania received nuclear waste from Israel, which was denied by the authorities. In April, the independent Le Calame was banned from publishing for three months. No official reason was stated, but it was speculated that the newspaper's reports on the nuclear waste issue were crucial. Mauritania resumed diplomatic relations with Israel at the end of October. A week later, the contact with Iraq was broken. Mauritania accused Baghdad of trying to initiate student protests against the Nouakchott government. In connection with this, a political party with ties to the Iraqi government was banned.

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