Yesterday was a new dawn in Mauritania following the swearing in of Mohamed Ould Ghazouani as the newly elected president.
The inauguration ceremony on Thursday was attended by heads of states of 12 African countries along with delegations from several Arab and European countries.
President Ghouzani said Mauritania’s people had written an important page in the country’s history and confirmed the maturity of its political system. He pledged to be a ‘president for all Mauritanians’ of different political orientations.
A number of presidents in the West African subregion were in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott for the event that officially brought President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani into office.
Some of the attendee presidents were:
- Senegal’s Macky Sall
- Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara
- Niger’s Mahammadou Issoufou
- Burkina Faso’s Roch Marc Kabore
- Mali’s Ibrahim Boubakar Keita
- Guinea-Bissau’s José Mario Vaz
Mauritania, a moderate Islamic republic, has suffered five coups since independence from France in 1960. It has been led by military rulers for much of that time.