In Mauritania, the Prime Minister presents the resignation of his government

Mauritanian Prime Minister Ismaïl Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya on Thursday announced the resignation of his government as President of the Republic. This decision comes at a time when a parliamentary inquiry was being conducted into acts of corruption against several ministers.

One year after his appointment, the Mauritanian Prime Minister, Ismaïl Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya, announced the resignation of his government on Thursday, August 6. It comes the day after the report of a parliamentary committee dealing with his predecessor was introduced for justice, which would mean more ministers.

The President of the Republic, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, in power since August 2019, “received this morning Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Sidiya, who presented him for the resignation of his government,” said the Mauritanian Information Agency (AMI).

Mohamed Ould Bilal was appointed new Prime Minister

Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister in August 2019, Ismaïl Ould Bedda Ould was Cheikh Sidiya between 2009 and 2014. Minister of Housing and Employment. He had also been chairman of the Nouadhibou Free Zone (northwest) and was a cadre of the Union for the Republic (UPR), the party founded by former President Aziz and taken over by his successor.

“After this resignation, the head of state appointed Mohamed Ould Bilal to succeed him and” instructed him to form a government, “an official source in the Mauritanian presidency told AFP.

To date, advisers to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Prime Minister’s services, the new Prime Minister had been a minister several times under former Civilian President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, ousted in 2008 by a coup led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Mohamed Ould Bilal comes from the Haratine community (descendants of slaves from Arab-Berber masters, whose culture they share).

Report of a Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry

This mixture, the reasons for which they have not been officially explained, will come to judicial review the day after the report from a parliamentary inquiry commission into the leadership of former President Aziz. An investigation of corruption facts that seem to involve several ministers.

These files include the management of oil revenues, the sale of state-owned goods in Nouakchott, the liquidation of a public company that ensured the supply of food to the country or the activities of a Chinese fishing company. , Pully Hong Dong, according to Parliament’s sources.

“Taking into account the act of the prosecutor is a traditional phase of justice. It will be necessary to wait for the instruction phase to know whether the act will be returned to Parliament, where it may be subject to submission to an” instruction “committee. said constitutional Lo Abdoul Gourmo to AFP on Wednesday.

“This commission will be able to reclassify the facts. In the case of high treason committed by the former president of the republic, only the High Court of Justice has the power to judge him,” he indicated.

At the end of July, Mauritanian deputies passed a law establishing a supreme court responsible for trying the head of state and ministers in cases of “high treason”. The jurisdiction will be introduced in the coming months.

With AFP