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Mauritanian PM to Stay in Office

Mauritania's president has reappointed Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf as prime minister, a post he was first appointed to following last year's coup.

Mr. Laghdaf had submitted his resignation last week, but on Tuesday President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz asked him to remain prime minister and to form a new government.

Mr. Aziz seized power last August in the military coup that toppled Mauritania's first democratically elected leader, Sidi Ould Cheik Abdallahi.

He took the oath of office as president last week following an election that the opposition said was neither free nor democratic.

However, most of the international community has concluded the vote was fair.

The new administration is Mauritania's fifth government in just over five years.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.