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Mauritania: Parliament Forms Committee to Investigate Deals Concluded Under Previous Govt

Mauritania: Parliament Forms Committee to Investigate Deals Concluded Under Previous Govt

Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 - 12:45
Mauritania's former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz waits for the arrival of the French President at Nouakchott airport, Mauritania, July 2, 2018. Ludovic Marin/File Photo
Nouakchott- Asharq Al-Awsat

The Economic Affairs Committee in Mauritania’s Parliament has agreed to form a committee to investigate files and deals, suspected of being corrupted, under former President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz.


The committee approved the proposal on Tuesday and referred it to a public session during which the formation of the committee will be voted on to enter into force, EPA quoted a parliamentary source as saying.


The probe will include means of disbursing oil revenues fund and state properties that have been sold, activities of a controversial Chinese fishing company called Poly Hong Dong, the running of a charitable body affiliated to the mines and deals for solar public lighting, operation of the container dock at the port of Nouakchott, and the liquidation of imports and exports.


Twenty-four deputies have recommended the formation of the committee to investigate these files on suspicion of their corruption.


Its formation comes in light of a silent political crisis between the current president, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, and the former president, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz.


It was settled for Ghazouani after his ruling party sided with him being its exclusive reference.


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