France urges respect for democracy in Mauritania

4th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 3 (AFP) - France late on Wednesday called for democracy and the "legal institutional framework" to be respected in oil-rich Mauritania after troops seized power in the northwest African country.

PARIS, Aug 3 (AFP) - France late on Wednesday called for democracy and the "legal institutional framework" to be respected in oil-rich Mauritania after troops seized power in the northwest African country.

The military coup happened while Mauritanian President Maaouyia Ould Taya was in Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Fahd.

France is following the situation "with concern", a statement by the foreign ministry spokesman said.

Earlier, troops led by the presidential guard took over key buildings in the capital, including the military headquarters, the state radio and television offices, the presidential palace and ministries.

France "recalls its position of principle which condemns any seizure of power by force and calls for respect of democracy and of the legal institutional framework", the statement said.

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