Last updateJeu, 29 Jan 2015 3pm

Ruling party, opposition dialogue over presidential polls

Nouakchott, Mauritania - The ruling party in Mauritania and the Democratic Opposition Coordination (DOC), a coalition of 10 political parties, will hold discussions here aimed at creating a conducive atmosphere for the organization of a peaceful presidential election, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources.

After legislative and municipal elections, boycotted by the radical Opposition in November/December 2012, and which were largely won by the presidential alliance, Mauritania is scheduled to hold presidential election in June 2014.

PANA reports that the Prime Minister, Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, met Tuesday with Mohamed Ould Maouloud, Leader of the Progress Forces Union (PFU), a DOC member party, to intimate him with government's determination to work towards a free and fair election.

According to a statement from the party, issued Wednesday in response to the Prime Minister's speech, the PFU senior official insisted on the necessity to initiate a sincere dialogue, departing from past mistakes, as the only alternative to the current political impasse.

'I told the Prime Minister that a national consensus is necessary for the presidential elections of June 2014, because it is not acceptable for the next President of the Republic to be elected 'badly',' he added.

Pana 20/02/2014