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The National Rally for Reform and Development, a party of the moderate Islamist movement in Mauritania, expressed support for the Egyptians protesting against the Mubarak regime.

The party described its protest as “a decisive moment, which calls for a much greater solidarity among all the forces of change, to deal with a dictatorship and defeat all the maneuvers likely to slow the momentum of a revolution whose claims to freedom and reform meet people’s aspirations.”

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz seized power in a military coup in 2008.

West Bank

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this week instructed his security chiefs to prevent any protests in support of the Egyptian demonstrators.

Mr. Abbas’ Fatah Party has ruled the West Bank with an iron fist, cracking down on the militant opposition group Hamas. He told his security chiefs he was worried that loosening the grip could provide an opening to Hamas to destabilize the West Bank, a senior Palestinian security official told the AP on the condition of anonymity.

Bowing to Palestinians’ frustration over the slow pace of political reform, Mr. Abbas’ Cabinet promised to set a date next week for municipal elections, which were to be held last July.

Yemen

In Yemen, the most impoverished of Arab states, protesters kept up their demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave office.

Mr. Saleh has called for a meeting of parliament and the consultative council in response to the protests. The opposition says it is too late for a dialogue and that he must step down.

Pro-democracy groups have called for a “day of rage” protest in Yemen on Thursday.

Sudan

There were calls for protesters to take to the streets in Sudan on Thursday.

The anger toward President Omar al-Bashir’s government is not just over high prices and corruption, but the all-but-certain secession of the oil-rich southern half of the country. Many northerners blame Mr. al-Bashir for losing the south.

Saudi Arabia

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