Mauritanian opposition slams constitution poll results after boycotting election
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Mauritanian opposition slams constitution poll results after boycotting election

Mauritanian opposition figures have decried results of a Saturday referendum in which 85 percent of eligible voters reportedly voiced support for constitutional changes proposed by the country’s ruling party, according to Mauritania’s official electoral commission. Mauritanians voted Saturday on the proposed amendments, which, if enacted, would do away with the country’s Senate and High Court of Justice; establish a system of regional administrative councils; adopt a proportional system in national elections; and change Mauritania’s national flag, among other things. The referendum, however, was boycotted by the country’s main opposition parties amid widespread accusations of voter fraud by the ruling party of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.


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