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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 22, 2008


Mauritanian President's "Release"

The U.S. notes the reported "release" of Mauritania's elected President Abdallahi. According to reports, Abdallahi was forcibly removed from his residence in his home town of Lemden and returned to the capital of Nouakchott. The mere release of the elected president, under conditions that are yet to be determined, falls far short of the demands of the U.S. and the rest of the international community. The U.S. reaffirms its call that the military junta step aside so President Abdallahi can resume his functions as President and Mauritania be returned to legitimate, democratic, constitutional rule.

2008/1093

Released on December 22, 2008

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