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Mauritania: Cabinet reshuffle affecting ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs

(Agence Ecofin) - Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz reshuffled, on 2nd September, his cabinet in a move which affected many portfolios, including the ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs.

According to a presidential decree which provides no explanation to this reshuffle Hamadi Ould Meimou has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation replacing Mrs. Fatma Vall Mint Souenae, who becomes Minister of Livestock Farming. Mr. Ould Meimou was the ambassador representing Mauritania at the African Union (AU) in Addis Abeba.

Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, who was previously Governor of Brakna (South-Centre) becomes Minister of Interior. He replaces Mohamed Ould Ahmed Rare appointed Commissary for Food Security by another decree.

The third personality to make an entrance in the government is Mohamed Lemine Ould Cheikh, MP for Wad Naga (South) and leading figure of the presidential majority.

He has been appointed Minister of Relations with the Parliament and Civil Society in replacement of Izid Bih Ould Mohamed Mahmoud who exits the government.

Exchanges also touched on four other portfolios.

Now, Mrs. Lemina Mint El Kotob Ould Moma is in charge of Agriculture, Mohamed Ould Khouna will head Equipment and Transport, Brahim Ould M’bareck Ould Mohamed El Moctar leads Hydraulic Systems and Sanitations and Mrs. Fatma Habib is responsible for Social Affairs, Children and Family.

Yahya Ould Hademine remains Prime Minister, a position he has held since 20th August 2014, after having been Minister for Equipment and Sports.