Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Advisories and Urgent Information > Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road

Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road Recent News, political or military events, which may affect trip plans or routes. Personal and vehicle security, tips and questions.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 6 Aug 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Danmark
Posts: 333
Coup in Mauritania

BBC NEWS | Africa | AU punishes Mauritania over coup

Last Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2005, 21:45 GMT 22:45 UK

E-mail this to a friend Printable version

AU punishes Mauritania over coup

Deposed President Taya has not commented on the coup
The African Union (AU) has suspended Mauritania's membership in protest at the coup there on Wednesday, saying it must restore "constitutional order".
Ministers will travel to the capital, Nouakchott, to inform the coup leaders officially of the AU's position.

The new regime meanwhile announced the dissolution of parliament in a statement broadcast on state radio.

Army officers overthrew President Maaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya in a bloodless revolt on Wednesday.

Their action has been condemned by the United Nations, United States and France.

On Thursday, the new regime announced it would maintain the 1991 constitution, adding it would be "supplemented by a Military Council charter".

Foreign policy

Under AU rules, a country is automatically suspended if it brings about unconstitutional changes.

The new rulers announced that the "Military Council for Justice and Democracy" would stay in power for up to two years, and would meanwhile organise free and fair elections.

They pledged to respect all international treaties and accords involving Mauritania.

The capital is calm, with people returning to work, traffic flowing and fewer soldiers on the streets than on Wednesday.


Dominated by light-skinned Arabic-speakers (Moors)
Black Africans complain of discrimination
Mostly desert
Islamic republic
Recognises Israel

Profile: New military leader
Army coup: Full statement
Q&A: Power struggles
The council named security chief Colonel Ely Ould Mohammed Vall as the new leader.

Mr Vall has met the French and US ambassadors but details of their discussions have not been made public.

The Mauritanian army said it had ended the "totalitarian regime" of President Taya.

There are no reports of any casualties during the takeover.

The airport has now reopened.

Col Vall, 55, has been director of national security since 1987 and, after playing a key role in the 1984 coup which brought Mr Taya to power, had been seen as one of the president's closest aides.

There were street celebrations in Nouakchott following the announcement on national radio.

President Taya was returning from the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia when the coup took place. He is now in Niger.

President Taya took power in a bloodless coup in December 1984 and has been re-elected three times since.

Correspondents say he later made enemies among Islamists in the country, which is an Islamic republic.

Critics accuse the government of using the US-led war on terror to crack down on Islamic opponents.

Mr Taya had also prompted widespread opposition by establishing links with Israel, making Mauritania one of only three Arab states to have done so.

Last year nearly 200 people, including former President Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah, were put on trial for a series of alleged coup plots.
May you enjoy peace and good health !

Last edited by pbekkerh; 13 Aug 2008 at 10:14.
Reply With Quote
Old 12 Aug 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cornwall, UK
Posts: 68
Mauritania Travel


Has anyone have any information regarding travel in Mauritania in the wake of the military coup last weeK.


Reply With Quote
Old 13 Aug 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: the Netherlands
Posts: 220
There is some more info in this thread.

bart & sophie
Reply With Quote
Old 29 Aug 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Putney, UK
Posts: 161
urrent situation?

Is there anything to talk about regarding the coup? International media has gone quiet. Is it business as usual?

Was the Al-Queda threat hollow?

What about getting visas at the Morocco/Mauri border? Is that still possible?

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Possible coup/coup attempt in Thailand jefff8 Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road 2 20 Sep 2006 08:54
Coup in Mauritania ? Dizzie Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road 3 9 Aug 2005 04:28
Mauri coup Richard Washington Sahara Travel Forum 11 7 Aug 2005 16:55
Coup in Nouakchott? Skonte Sahara Travel Forum 2 10 Jun 2003 18:14
Coup (attempt ?) in Mauritania andrasz Sahara Travel Forum 1 9 Jun 2003 05:47


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:47.