One more African country is taking slow steps towards peace and conflict resolution. Mauritania's parliamentary election have ended and the preliminary results have been just released, the opposition is leading.
Unlike the recent DR Congo presidential election, the process was free of violence. The ruling party, who came to power by a bloodless cue didn't take part in the election, as promised. The election was transparent, well organised, and supervised by hundreds of election monitors from EU, Arab League and AU. The turn out was estimated at 70%-80%.
Though Mauritania had recently joined the growing number of, mostly, underdeveloped, African nations with oil and gas wealth (alongside Sudan, Zambia, Angola ... etc) , it remains one of the poorest countries in Africa. There are major social problems as well, not long ago the Mauritania was one of the rare country that had "active" slavery, in fact, some say it still exists despite anti-slavery legislation . According to CIA Factbook " mixed Maur/black 40%, Moor 30%, black 30%".
This is great for Mauritania and Africa. Mauritania has a better chance - by having a democratically elected government - to lift itself out of poverty and wisely utilise its oil wealth.
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