UN WANTS MAURITANIA TO ADDRESS PEACEFULLY ‘DISAGREEMENTS’ OVER REFERENDUM RESULTS

UNITED NATIONS, Following Mauritania constitutional referendum, the United Nations encouraged all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are addressed peacefully within the confines of the law and respect for the rights to freedom of assembly and expression.

Mauritanians went to the polls on Saturday Aug 5, with the electoral commission announcing that the results (86%) were in favour of a constitutional amendment that abolishes the Senate and alters the national flag.

The senate’s authority will be devolved to more pliant regional and religious councils. Mauritanians are almost 100 percent Muslim.

The nation’s green flag with a yellow crescent moon and star would have two red stripes added to symbolize the blood spilled in the 1960 independence struggle against France.

The senate had in March 2017 rejected its own abolition, prompting President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s push for the August referendum.

According to media reports, opposition parties leading a boycott movement declared that they would not recognize the results of the vote.

The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls on all Mauritanians to work together to deepen the rule of law and promote social cohesion and national unity, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said in a statement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK