MAURITANIA ABOLISHES UPPER HOUSE IN VOTE

HE CALLED THE REFERENDUM AFTER THE SENATE REJECTED HIS PROPOSALS TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION.

MAURITANIANS HAVE VOTED TO ABOLISH THE UPPER HOUSE OF THEIR PARLIAMENT, THE SENATE, IN A CONTROVERSIAL REFERENDUM THAT WAS BOYCOTTED BY THE OPPOSITION.

Mr Abdel Aziz, who described the Senate as "useless and too costly", said the move to abolish it would improve governance by introducing more local forms of lawmaking.
The result is seen as a victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is accused by his rivals of trying to extend his mandate, which he denies.
The president is a key ally of the West and neighbouring states in countering Islamist extremist groups.

Mauritanians have voted to abolish the upper house of their parliament, the Senate, in a controversial referendum that was boycotted by the opposition. The result is seen as a victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz,...

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