Mauritania’s President Aziz promises not to run for a third term in office but…

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President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (photo), of Mauritania has announced that he would not run for 2019 presidential election as the country’s constitution allows two terms. However, he indicated that he would run for the office when his country’s law would authorize him to.  

"I am sensitive to all calls. There are some who also call for the limitation of the presidential terms. Anyway, I am here to respect and ensure that the country’s economy is respected and, this constitution says that I cannot run for another term beyond two," he said in Oualata, during the launch of the 2018 edition of the cultural festival of ancient cities.  

"I will continue to commit myself to Mauritania and involve in politics. I am here and I am not leaving the country. I will continue on the same track. Once the constitution will allow me to run again, I will do it. So, if I cannot run for a third term, I will run later. The constitution does not forbid me to do so", he added.  

According to some observers, Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz could be thinking of a Russian Putin-Medvedev scenario. In that case, he would become the prime minister of a president he would have "chosen", like Russian president Vladimir Putin alternating with his Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. This is more likely as his party Union pour la République (UPR), won the absolute majority of the seats in the national assembly (89 out of 157 seats), all thirteen regional councils, and majority of the municipal councils during the legislative, regional and municipal elections of September 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018.

- Ecofin Agency