- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (AP) - Mauritania’s military ruler says he’ll stand in presidential elections meant to return the country to civilian administration.

Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said announced Sunday that he planned to hand over leadership to the Senate president before April 22.

That’s in order to comply with a constitutional requirement barring military dictators from partaking in elections while still in power.

The vote is scheduled for June 6.

The junta’s coup in August ousted Mauritania’s first freely elected president in decades.

The African Union suspended Mauritania from membership and last month said it was imposing travel bans and asset freezes on officials involved in the coup.

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