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    Mauritania Government - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/mauritania/mauritania_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Islamic Republic of Mauritania
      conventional short form: Mauritania
      local long form: Al Jumhuriyah al Islamiyah al Muritaniyah
      local short form: Muritaniyah

      Government type:
      republic

      Capital:
      Nouakchott

      Administrative divisions:
      12 regions (regions, singular - region) and 1 capital district*; Adrar, Assaba, Brakna, Dakhlet Nouadhibou, Gorgol, Guidimaka, Hodh Ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Inchiri, Nouakchott*, Tagant, Tiris Zemmour, Trarza

      Independence:
      28 November 1960 (from France)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 28 November (1960)

      Constitution:
      12 July 1991

      Legal system:
      a combination of Shari'a (Islamic law) and French civil law

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Col. Ely Ould Mohamed VALL, whose Military Council for Justice and Democracy deposed longtime President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA in a coup on 3 August 2005
      head of government: Prime Minister Sidi Mohamed Ould BOUBAKAR (since 8 August 2005)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a six-year term; last held 7 November 2003 (next to be held in March 2007); prime minister appointed by the president
      election results: President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA reelected for a third term with 60.8% of the vote

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral legislature consists of the Senate or Majlis al-Shuyukh (56 seats; a portion of seats up for election every two years; members elected by municipal leaders to serve six-year terms) and the National Assembly or Majlis al-Watani (81 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: Senate - last held 9 and 16 April 2004 (next to be held NA); National Assembly - last held 19 and 26 October 2001 (next to be held November 2006)
      election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; National Assembly - percent of vote by party - PRDS 79%, RDU 3.5%, UDP 3.5%, AC 5%, UFP 3.5%, FP 1.5%; seats by party - PRDS 64, UDP 3, RDU 3, AC 4, RFD 3, UFP 3, and FP 1

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court or Cour Supreme; Court of Appeals; lower courts

      Political parties and leaders:
      Action for Change or AC (no longer active) [Messoud Ould BOULKHEIR]; Alliance for Justice and Democracy or AJD [Cisse Amadou CHEIKHOU]; National Union for Democracy and Development or UNDD [Tidjane KOITA]; Party for Liberty, Equality, and Justice or PLEJ [Ba Mamdou ALASSANE]; Party of Democratic Convergence or PCD [Cheikh Ould HORMA]; Popular Front or FP [Ch'bih Ould CHEIKH MALAININE]; Popular Progressive Alliance or APP [Messoud Ould BOULKHEIR]; Progress Force Union or UFP (no longer active) [Mohamed Ould MAOULOUD]; Rally of Democratic Forces or RFD [Ahmed Ould DADDAH]; Rally for Democracy and Unity or RDU [Ahmed Ould SIDI BABA]; Republican Party for Democracy and Renewal or PRDR (formerly ruling Democratic and Social Republican Party or PRDS) [Boullah Ould MOGUEYA]; Right Way or SAWAB [Cheikh Ould Sidi Ould HANANA]; Union for Democracy and Progress or UDP [Naha Mint MOUKNASS]; Union of Forces of Progress or UFP [Mohamed Ould MAOULOUD]
      note: the Party of Democratic Convergence was banned in October 2005 because it was regarded as Islamist and therefore in breach of Mauritanian law

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Arab nationalists; Ba'thists; General Confederation of Mauritanian Workers or CGTM [Abdallahi Ould MOHAMED, secretary general]; Independent Confederation of Mauritanian Workers or CLTM [Samory Ould BEYE]; Islamists; Mauritanian Workers Union or UTM [Mohamed Ely Ould BRAHIM, secretary general]

      International organization participation:
      ABEDA, ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, AMU, AU, CAEU, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, LAS, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Tijani Ould KERIM
      chancery: 2129 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 232-5700, 5701
      FAX: [1] (202) 319-2623

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Joseph E. LEBARON
      embassy: 288 Rue Abdallaye (between Presidency building and Spanish Embassy), Nouakchott
      mailing address: BP 222, Nouakchott
      telephone: [222] 525-2660/525-2663
      FAX: [222] 525-1592

      Flag description:
      green with a yellow five-pointed star above a yellow, horizontal crescent; the closed side of the crescent is down; the crescent, star, and color green are traditional symbols of Islam


      NOTE: The information regarding Mauritania on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Mauritania Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Mauritania Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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