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Media highlight formation of new government and 'G5' summit

Nouakchott, Mauritania - The Mauritania press this week highlighted the formation of a government after the parliamentary election, marked by re-appointment of permanent ministers at the key departments and the summit in Nouakchott of the 'G5', the five presidents from the Sahel region - Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad - devoted to the fight against terrorism.

The daily newspaper 'Le Rénovateur' said the new team, which was announced after a delay, 'strictly executes the orders given by the president of the Republic aimed at ensuring a dynamic public service' for action as the presidential election due in June this year approached.

The weekly magazine 'Biladi' explains the reasons for the delay in the formation of the new government under the headline 'Aziz/UPR: Disagreement or rebellion'.

The newspaper says that the relations between president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the Union for Republic (UPR), the main party of the presidential majority coalition, 'are not that excellent'.

It says this is backed by the fact that “the members of Parliament in the ruling party have strongly rejected the president's proposal related to the formation of the Parliament’s bureau'.

This disagreement, even a surprising revolt, would delay the formation of the post-parliamentary election government.

Commenting on the meeting of heads of state from the Sahel region on terrorism held last weekend in Nouakchott, the newspaper 'Al Akhbar' quotes Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, former special representative of the UN Secretary General in several African countries, as saying that it is important that 'G5 countries (countries in the Sahel region) get together to double their efforts in gathering information and raising funds'.

”It’s about countries facing real risk and serious security threat,” says the newspaper.

About the same meeting, the newspaper 'l’Authentique' says 'that by chairing the African Union (AU), Mauritania accepts to be an African Sahel country'.

Pana 23/02/2014