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Mauritania coach Corentin Martins extends contract until 2021  BBC Sport

Mauritania coach Corentin Martins is rewarded for leading the country to the Africa Cup of Nations finals with a two-year contract extension.

BBC Sport
Mauritania President Ould Abdel Aziz marches to fight hate speech  Aljazeera.com

President Ould Abdel Aziz launches rally aimed at dampening ethnic tensions between Arab-Berbers and Haratines.

FIFA visits Mauritania for inauguration of impressive Chekha Boidiya Stadium  FIFA.com

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF Vice President Constant Omari, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Development Director for Africa and the ...

Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 December 2018 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on Mauritania and 9 other countries about Contributions, Coordination, Children, Refugees, Drought and more; published on 15 Dec ...

Mohammad Bin Zayed receives president of Mauritania  gulfnews.com

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ...

MSF Mbera health programmes handed over to ALIMA | Mauritania | Médecins Sans Frontières  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Six years after the launch of an emergency intervention in Bassikounou, southeastern Mauritania, to respond to the needs of refugees fleeing conflict in Mali, ...

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
From Mauritania to Qatar: Slavery evil takes many forms  Insight News

Incredibly in the 21st century some Africans are still working in conditions akin to slavery informally or formally in some areas of the Middle East.

Insight News
Europe must cut ties with Mauritania, anti-slavery politician says  Reuters

YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Days after his release from jail, one of Mauritania's top anti-slavery campaigners called on Europe to stop doing ...

`A win for the good guys.' Mauritanian from Lockland spared immediate deportation  Cincinnati.com

The Board of Immigration Appeals late Friday granted a stay of deportation to a Lockland man, even as immigration officials were preparing him for a chartered ...

Mauritania—Will Islamist Crackdown Make It a Terrorist Target?  The Jamestown Foundation

When Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abd al-Aziz identified political Islamists as extremists and national enemies last August, his bluntness surprised ...

The Jamestown Foundation
Mauritania: Opposition against move to amend constitution  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 14.01.2019 at 16h21 by APA News. Share. Mauritanian opposition parliamentarians are against attempts by their colleagues in the majority camp ...

Journalducameroun.com - English
Prospects 'slim' for Lockland father of 5 being deported to Mauritania  Cincinnati.com

Amadou Sow lived peacefully for 20 years in Lockland, working legally, paying taxes. He is married with 5 U.S.-citizen children. Now ICE is deporting him.

Mauritanian Tycoon Mohamed Ould Boumatou Banned From Entering Morocco  Forbes

Mohamed Ould Boumatou, a Mauritanian multi-millionaire tycoon and fierce critic of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has reportedly been banned from ...

From Mauritania to Qatar: Slavery an Old Evil Takes Many Forms  charlestonchronicle.net

Incredibly in the 21st century some Africans are still working in conditions akin to slavery informally or formally in some areas of the Middle East. In Mauritania ...

Exploitation licence for Mauritania uranium project  World Nuclear News

Australian company Aura Energy has been granted an exploitation licence for its Tiris uranium project in Mauritania. The licence is a precursor to full ...

World Nuclear News
Mauritanian minister expects leap in partnership with Egypt  Egypttoday

NOUAKCHOTT - 1 January 2019: Mauritania's Minister of Economy and Finance Mokhtar Ould Ajay predicted a qualitative leap in the economic partnership ...

Mauritania extends Tijirit feasibility deadline  www.mining-journal.com

Canadian developer Algold Resources (TSXV:ALG) has received a 12-month extension from the Mauritania government to complete a feasibility study on the ...

Mauritania beats Uganda, Cisse loses, Salah reigns: Full list of CAF Awards winners  Futaa

The 27th edition of the CAF Awards were held on Tuesday night in a colourful awards Gala that took place at the Abdou Diouf International Centre in Dakar, ...

Partners sanction Greater Tortue Ahmeyim offshore Mauritania, Senegal  Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine

BP and its partners have taken the final investment decision for Phase 1 of the cross-border Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG development.

Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine
Mauritanian president determined to respect the country's Constitution  Political Analysis South Africa

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz reminded, once again, in a statement released on Tuesday, 15 January 2019, that his decision not to change ...

Political Analysis South Africa
Minister discusses Hajj with officials from Mauritania  Arabnews

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Salih Bentin met Mauritania's Minister of Islamic Affairs and Traditional Education Ahmed ...

The Shutdown Makes Trump’s Priorities Painfully Clear  The Atlantic

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will stop receiving paychecks, but deportations of Mauritanians continue.

The Atlantic
Mauritanian president leads rally aimed at cooling ethnic tensions  Arabnews

NOUAKCHOTT: Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday called for the west African country to root out hate speech as he headed a ...

Algold Resources: Mauritania Government Grants One-Year Extension to Complete Tijirit Feasibility Study  Junior Mining Network

TSX VENTURE: ALG www.algold.com. Mr. Benoit La Salle reports: MONTREAL, Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALGOLD RESOURCES LTD. (TSXV: ...

Junior Mining Network
Cornelis Vrolijk JV pelagic plant in Mauritania now fully operational  Undercurrent News

Dutch fishing and processing group Cornelis Vrolijk Holding has opened a pelagic processing plant in the West African country of Mauritania with a local joint ...

Undercurrent News
Mauritanian deportees affected by Trump's new policies face jail on arrival  Face2Face Africa

When war broke out between Senegal and Mauritania in 1989 over grazing rights at the border, many dark-skinned Mauritanians found themselves without a ...

Face2Face Africa
MAURITANIA/SENEGAL : Tortue: waiting game over for final investment decision  Africa Intelligence

According to our sources, tomorrow should be the day the final investment decision for the giant cross-border deposit Tortue will.

Africa Intelligence
Foreign Minister bids farewell to Mauritanian envoy  Times of Oman

Muscat: Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs received in his office yesterday Dr. Izid Bih Ould Mohamed Mahmoud, ...

Times of Oman
The unspeakable truth about slavery in Mauritania | Global development  The Guardian

For all the government's denials, slavery persists in Mauritania. In a rare insight into the lives of the tens of thousands of people affected, photojournalist Seif ...

The Guardian
Disappearance of Canadian in Africa highlights risk of ignoring travel warnings  Global News

The Canadian government had issued serious warnings about Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Global News
Mauritania's camel-back mission to win hearts and minds  News24

The sleepy Mauritanian village of Ouad Initi is about to get a makeover: a bigger school, a health centre, and more running water. All part of ...

Second G5 Sahel donors Conference under way in Mauritania  Aljazeera.com

After Brussels, the second conference of G5 Sahel donors and partners is held this Thursday, December 6 in Mauritania.

Mauritania asks for UN support to keep Mbera refugee camp running  Aljazeera.com

How a temporary refugee camp by the Malian border has become the fourth largest town in Mauritania.

How Mauritania exports religion to Saudi Arabia—And not just the other way around  Brookings Institution

Mauritania has much to offer Saudi Arabia—making Mauritania not just a recipient of Saudi Arabian outreach, but also a contributor to Saudi Arabia's own ...

Brookings Institution
Mauritania Attracts The Adventurous Tourist  Forbes Now

It's tough to live in Mauritania. The West African country has many flaws. However, for the adventurous tourist, Mauritania's imperfections are its appeal.

Forbes Now
Mauritanian presidential hopeful arrested amid fears of political foul play  The Guardian

Campaigners voice concern over imprisonment of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid on eve of legislative elections.

The Guardian
Mauritania, US in spat over 'slavery' charge  News24

Mauritania has reacted furiously after the United States pulled its status as a preferential trade partner, accusing the West African state of tolerating forced labour ...

Slavery evolves, persists in Mauritania  The Observer

Day after day, Aminetou Mint Yarg and her fellow villagers in southern Mauritania haul water from the river and tend to their crops under a burning desert sun.

The Observer
Mauritania: Blogger still detained one year after court decision quashing his death sentence  Amnesty International

Authorities in Mauritania should promptly and safely release a blogger who remains in detention despite an appeal Court's decision one year ago tomorrow to ...

Amnesty International
US, rights groups pressure Mauritania over slavery  WMC

International rights groups are urging Mauritania to release anti-slavery activists, as the United States has announced it will end trade benefits to the West ...

Ranking - News - Martins and Mauritania reaching new heights  FIFA.com

“Players don't improve as if by magic. You need good infrastructure and quality training,” Mauritania coach Corentin Martins told FIFA.com. In the job since 2014, ...

Mauritanian Activists Cheer US Move to End Trade Deal Over Slavery  Voice of America

Mauritanian activists Tuesday praised the United States' decision to end trade benefits over the practice of slavery and called on other states to follow suit with ...

Voice of America
Deported to slavery? Forest Park man back in Mauritania, where he is a non-citizen  Cincinnati.com

A Forest Park man who had built a life with his American wife and two American children and worked legally for 14 years was deported Tuesday to Mauritania, ...

Does slavery await father of 5 from Lockland fighting deportation back to Mauritania?  Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati's Mauritanian-American community braces against 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy that could send asylum seekers back to slavery.

European Under-17 Championship winner Issa Samba picks Mauritania  BBC Sport

Issa Samba is the latest France youth international to commit to playing for an African nation at senior level as he chooses Mauritania.

BBC Sport
Mauritania buses collide killing 11  News24

At least 11 people were killed and 44 injured when two buses collided on a road between Mauritania's capital Nouakchott and the central city of Aleg, doctors ...

UN official voices concern over security situation in Mali - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official warned on Wednesday that the security situation in Mali remains of grave concern, and a major ...

As Slavery Evolves in Mauritania, Silent Victims Prove Harder to Find  VOA News

Day after day, Aminetou Mint Yarg and her fellow villagers in southern Mauritania haul water from the river and tend to their crops under a burning desert sun.

VOA News
Mauritania votes in key test for democracy  FRANCE 24 English

Mauritanians are voting Saturday in general and local elections viewed as a key test of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record with the international ...

FRANCE 24 English
'Issa is in Mauritania.' Advocate says Forest Park man deported to African homeland  Cincinnati.com

Update: 8:20 a.m., Oct. 17, 2018: Issa Sao, a Forest Park man who'd built a life there with an American wife and two American children, has arrived in his native ...

Trump cuts off trade with Mauritania over slavery  Quartz

The decision comes following an annual review of eligibility for AGOA which permits duty-free trade for certain goods.

Police, slavery activists clash at Mauritania parliament  News24

Mauritanian police have clashed with anti-slavery activists demanding the release of an imprisoned legislator as the country's newly-elected National Assembly ...

Mauritania ignores slavery, but jails those who protest against it  The Economist

A FEW miles from the green grass of Mauritania's presidential palace, in a slum where the Sahara washes into the capital, Mbarka shields her five-year-old son's ...

The Economist
Mauritania: Activist Charged for Decrying Racism  Human Rights Watch

A Mauritanian criminal court has charged an activist with incitement to violence and racial hatred for social media messages decrying racial discrimination in the ...

Human Rights Watch
Mauritania ruling party pulls ahead in vote: electoral commission  News24

Mauritania's ruling party has drawn well into the lead in legislative, regional and local elections held earlier this month, the electoral commission says, in the ...

Cincinnati father of five in ICE custody, could be deported to Mauritania  WCPO Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Without a last-minute stay from a federal judge, two men who have lived in Greater Cincinnati for decades will soon be deported back to ...

WCPO Cincinnati
Mauritania on the verge of historic Afcon qualification  BBC Sport

Mauritania, who have never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, are among the countries who can secure places at the 2019 tournament this weekend.

BBC Sport
Mauritania: Rape Survivors at Risk  Human Rights Watch

(Nouakchott) – The criminalization of sexual relations outside marriage in Mauritania puts rape survivors at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report released ...

Human Rights Watch
Ex-Slave Seeks Office in Mauritania to Fight for Freedom  VOA News

Born into slavery and kept as a servant for 30 years, Haby Mint Rabah is now running for parliament in Mauritania to fight for freedom in a nation with one of the ...

VOA News
Mauritania: Mbera refugee camp’s only hospital to close  Aljazeera.com

Fears a refugee camp will be left without medical care after Doctors Without Borders pulls out.

Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 October 2018 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

English Infographic on Mauritania and 2 other countries about Contributions, Coordination, Children, Refugees, Drought and more; published on 15 Oct 2018 by ...

What's behind the shutdown of Mauritania's only Islamist scholars  The New Arab

Analysis: The rising popularity of Islamist political groups is being seen as a threat to the continuing rule of the National Coalition for the Republic, writes ...

The New Arab
Mauritania: Arrests of opposition leader, anti-slavery activist and two journalists point to worrying pre-election crackdown  Amnesty International

Authorities in Mauritania must immediately put an end to the wave of arrests of journalists, opposition figures and anti-slavery activists in an apparent ...

Amnesty International
Mauritania rolls out the welcome mat to investors with new iGuide  UNCTAD

UNCTAD is helping investors put their money into Mauritania with an up-to-date online guide that covers all the bases. Mauritania is serious about “rolling out ...

Mauritania, Senegal sign fishing agreement  News24

Dakar and Nouakchott have signed a *fresh* agreement which will allow Senegalese fishermen to work in Mauritanian waters, Senegalese authorities have said.

U.S. to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labor  Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump intends to end trade benefits for Mauritania on Jan. 1 for not making sufficient progress on ending forced labor practices, the U.S. ...

Mauritania's ruling party wins majority parliament  News24

Mauritania's election commission says the west African nation's ruling party has won a majority of seats in a second round of legislative, municipal and regional ...

Trump increases deportations to Mauritania, where slavery dominates culture  USA TODAY

During a meeting in the White House last week to launch a task force designed to stop human trafficking and modern-day slavery, President Donald Trump ...

Mauritania: Drought - May 2018  ReliefWeb

Mauritania is currently facing a very serious food and nutrition insecurity situation, the worst that the country has seen in the last five years. According to the ...

WFP Mauritania Country Brief, July 2018 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on Mauritania about Education, Food and Nutrition, Children, Refugees, Drought and more; published on 31 Jul 2018 by WFP.

Mauritania - rich in minerals and fish - aims at becoming renewable energy powerhouse  Euronews English

Blessed with rich minerals and waters brimming with fish, Mauritania is awash with natural resources worth their weight in gold. But the West African country also ...

Euronews English
UN Chief commends Mauritania for peaceful election process  UN News

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the “peaceful conduct” of the Mauritanian elections that took place on 1 September. Voting took place at ...

UN News
Mauritania official accuses Doha of funding MB in Nouakchott  Egypttoday

CAIRO – 8 September 2018: Reports have spoke of a Qatari scheme that is being plotted in Mauritania, as according to Qatari Leaks, a platform specialized in ...

The Courage of Women in Mauritania  Human Rights Watch

More than two decades of activism helping Mauritania's rape survivors have not dulled Aminetou Mint Ely's fire. Always dressed in the brightly colored melahfas, ...

Human Rights Watch
Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Mauritania  Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived on Sunday in Mauritania, resuming a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 ...

Mauritanian ruling party boosts majority, ekes out municipal vote  News24

Mauritania's ruling Union for the Republic party has scored a meagre victory in municipal elections in the capital Nouakchott while sweeping legislative polls, ...

31st African Union Summit: The Miracle in Mauritania  Daily Maverick

What was discussed at the 31st African Union summit in Mauritania this weekend is about as newsworthy as the fact that the country pulled off the summit at all.

Daily Maverick
Mauritania's slavery problem | News | Africa  Mail & Guardian

Veiled issue: Up to 18% of Mauritanians are born into slavery, a practice the government officially denies exists. (Luca Pistone/AFP) · Comments. AddThis ...

Mail & Guardian
Mauritania: Worldwide pressure to release two anti-slavery activists ahead of African Union Summit  Amnesty International

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz should unconditionally release two anti-slavery activists detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression ...

Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA calls on the Trump administration to halt possible deportation of Mauritanian asylum seekers in the US  Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International USA calls upon the Trump administration to refrain from deporting Mauritanians who have sought refuge and safety in the United States ...

Amnesty International USA
Slavery is still alive in Mauritania. Can a new court ruling help change that?  The Washington Post

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to officially abolish slavery. It took another 26 years for its government to pass a law enforcing abolition.

The Washington Post
Mauritania court gives toughest sentence for slave owners  BBC News

Two slave owners in Mauritania have been jailed in a country where slavery remains widespread but convictions rare, activists say. The sentences of 10 and 20 ...

BBC News
African G5 force 'better' than UN's in Mali: Mauritania's Aziz  News24

A fledgling African regional force fighting jihadists in Sahel countries is more effective - with fewer resources - than a UN mission with a similar remit in Mali, the ...

Former slave runs for office in Mauritania to fight for freedom  Reuters

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Born into slavery and kept as a servant for 30 years, Haby Mint Rabah is now running for parliament in Mauritania to ...

Afcon 2019: Mauritania, Guinea, Ivory Coast qualify  BBC Sport

Mauritania qualify for an Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in their history as Guinea and Ivory Coast also go through to Cameroon 2019.

BBC Sport
Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming  Reuters

NOUAKCHOTT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Khady knew the man who waited outside her house one evening, followed her down a dark street and put his ...

EU support to Mauritania - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

European Commission - Fact Sheet. Brussels, 29 June 2018. The EU-Mauritania partnership has been in place for more than 50 years during which the EU has ...

In Mauritania, a female dance of freedom  Haaretz

A large drum wrapped in leather on both sides, an empty oil jerrican or two, marvelous female voices, and wild and flexible dance movements are the hallmarks ...

Algeria using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa  The New Arab

Algeria has used a fissure in Mauritania-Morocco ties to open a niche for itself in north African economic and military affairs, writes Habibulah Mohamed Lamin.

The New Arab
Areas undocumented immigrants from Mauritania fearful of deportation  The Columbus Dispatch

Ahmed Tidiane has watched 50 members of his community be deported and dozens of others make life-changing decisions because of fear of being sent back ...

The Columbus Dispatch
Saudi crown prince affirms support for Mauritania during official visit  Arabnews

NOUAKCHOTT: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a meeting on Sunday with the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, ...

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania  Creamer Media's Engineering News

Global energy company Total and the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines have signed an agreement that awards Total two new exploration ...

Creamer Media's Engineering News
Mauritania: Two journalists jailed in Nouakchott [The Morning Call]  africanews

Two journalists have been in detention in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott and authorities have not given the reasons leading to their arrests. Local media reports ...

France's Total wins contracts for two offshore blocks in Mauritania  Reuters

French energy company Total has strengthened its position in Mauritania by winning contracts for two new exploration blocks.

Mauritania's 'nomadic spirit' comes alive in Canadian restaurant  Al Jazeera English

Restaurant owner finds success by bringing nomadic traditions and rich tastes of Mauritania to Montreal eatery.

Al Jazeera English
The African nation living under the shadow of slavery  The Telegraph

“I have been hit, tortured, humiliated – I'm always the first to wake up and the last to go to sleep,” explains Habi Mutraba, breaking into tears. Miss Mutraba is ...

The Telegraph
Solutions in West Africa - Mauritanian refugees in Mali and Senegal Q3 2018 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Finding Solutions The Government of Mauritania maintains a firm position that voluntary repatriation has concluded in 2012. Consequently, local integration and ...

Mauritania Railway – Choum, Mauritania  Atlas Obscura

Discover Mauritania Railway in Choum, Mauritania: Climb atop one of the world's longest and heaviest trains for an unbelievable journey across the Sahara ...

Atlas Obscura
One in three Christians face persecution in Asia, report finds  The Guardian

Threat levels rise in China amid crackdown and India enters league table top 10 for first time.

The Guardian
First visit to Mauritania by Chairman of the NATO Military Committee  NATO HQ

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited Nouakchott, Mauritania from 29-30 May 2018. While Mauritania has been a partner of ...


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Young girls force-fed for marriage in Mauritania | Unreported World
Travel To Mauritania | History And Documentary Mauritania In Urdu & Hindi |  موریتانیہ کی سیر
Travel To Mauritania | History And Documentary Mauritania In Urdu & Hindi | موریتانیہ کی سیر
Mauritania: Slavery's last stronghold
Mauritania: Slavery's last stronghold
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Is Mauritania Safe?
Mauritania, un país donde la esclavitud es un estado físico y mental
Mauritania, un país donde la esclavitud es un estado físico y mental
Atlantis: The Cataclysm of Mauritania
Atlantis: The Cataclysm of Mauritania
El arte de engordar - Documental sobre las tradiciones en Mauritania
El arte de engordar - Documental sobre las tradiciones en Mauritania
Mauritania : Destiny of the Sands - Documentary
Mauritania : Destiny of the Sands - Documentary

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Mauritania – Travel guide at Wikivoyage
Mauritania – Travel guide at Wikivoyage
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File:Nouakchott air 01.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Chinguetti, Adrar, Mauritania | Franck Simonnet | Flickr
Chinguetti, Adrar, Mauritania | Franck Simonnet | Flickr
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North Korea, not Mauritania, is world's slavery capital ...
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Mauritanian parliamentary election, 2013
Mauritanian parliamentary election, 2013
Mauritania Footage | Stock Clips
Mauritania Footage | Stock Clips
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Pictures of Mauritania-0033 - boys playing, eating bread
Islands of Mauritania
Islands of Mauritania
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Mauritania is a country in Northwest Africa. It is the eleventh largest sovereign state in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest.The country derives its name from the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania, which existed from the 3rd century BCE into the 7th century CE in the far north of modern-day Morocco and Algeria. Approximately 90% of Mauritania's land is within the Sahara; consequently, the population is concentrated in the south, where precipitation is slightly higher. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around one-third of the country's 4.3 million people. The government was overthrown on 6 August 2008, in a military coup d'état led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. On 16 April 2009, Aziz resigned from the military to run for president in the 19 July elections, which he won.