To ‘midwife’ – and abort – a democracy: Mauritania's transition from military rule, 2005–2008

  title={To ‘midwife’ – and abort – a democracy: Mauritania's transition from military rule, 2005–2008},
  author={Boubacar N'diaye},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  pages={129 - 152}
  • Boubacar N'diaye
  • Published 18 February 2009
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
ABSTRACT The 3 August 2005 military coup was Mauritania's best opportunity to turn the page on decades of the deposed quasi-military regime's destructive politics. This article critically analyses relevant aspects of the transition that ensued in the context of the prevailing models of military withdrawal from politics in Africa. It also examines the challenges that Mauritania's short-lived Third Republic faced. It argues that the transition process did not escape the well-known African… 

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