Mauritanian Parliament Passes Electoral Reform Laws

Published January 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Mauritanian parliament Wednesday adopted laws that put into effect electoral reforms promised by President Maaouya Ould Taya, officials said. 

Taya in November pledged "a dose of proportional representation that will permit greater participation by the different political actors." 

The moves are seen as a gesture to the opposition which has been boycotting elections, claiming massive fraud and calling for greater electoral transparency. 

The reforms, which give equal funding and equal access to state media to all political parties, come ahead of parliamentary and municipal elections scheduled for October. 

Under the new laws, smaller parties -- those who draw even as little as one percent of the vote -- will get access to official funding and media coverage. 

In the National Assembly on Tuesday, an MP of the ruling Democratic and Social Republic Party, Camara Saidou Boubou, invited the opposition to engage in the democratic process with "frankness and loyalty". 

The opposition has yet to indicate if it plans to take part in the October polls -- NOUAKCHOTT(AFP)  

 

 

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