Nouakchott, Mauritania - The Mauritanian press on Monday highlighted last Thursday's election of president Mohamed Ould Abdel as chairman of the African Union (AU) at the opening of its 22nd summit of heads of State and government in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
In its editorial, the state-owned daily newspaper 'Horizon' hailed the election as a 'sign of gratitude for the efforts made by Mauritania over the past few years for peace, stability, security and Africa's development'.
The election is also proof 'of validity for Mauritanian diplomacy at the sub-regional, regional and international levels', added the newspaper.
President Aziz is the incumbent chairman of the African Union (AU) and that of the conference of heads of State and government of the Organization of the Valorization of the Senegalese River Valley (OMVS), which brings together Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.
The weekly magazine 'La Tribune' described the election of president Aziz as AU chairman as the 'Return of Mauritania'.
For the newspaper, the election 'is an event to celebrate in that it involves the turning point in the process to normalise the ties the country has developed with its natural environment, Africa particularly'.