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mauritania 'foils coup attempt'

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    The authorities in Mauritania are reported to have put down an attempted coup.
    Tank and small arms fire was heard early on Sunday around the presidential building and at the airport near the capital, Nouakchott.

    There was also shooting around television and radio stations.

    Government sources quoted by the French news agency AFP say disgruntled elements within the army had carried out the coup attempt and had been defeated.

    President Maaouiya Ould Taya and his family are said to be safe

    Technically, Mauritania has had a multi-party system since 1991.

    But the ruling Democratic and Social Republican Party has remained in control.

    President Taya came to power in a military coup in 1984.

    The opposition boycotted the last presidential election in 1997.

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