Mauritania Won’t Intervene in Northern Mali, President Says
Mauritania won’t intervene in neighboring Mali, where Islamist groups have taken control of the country’s north, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said.
Aziz was commenting on a televised program on his time in office since he won an election in 2009, which was held less than a year after he led a coup against Mauritania’s first democratically elected president.
In the period, the country’s economy grew to 1.22 trillion ouguiya ($4 billion) from 854 billion ouguiya in 2008, he said. Tax revenue in the first six months of this year was 95 billion ouguiya, Aziz said, without giving a comparative figure.
Revenue from mining was 107 billion ouguiya in 2011, up from 44 billion ouguiya in 2008, Aziz said. Mauritania has $65 million in a fund that holds the country’s earnings from oil, he said.
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