This is the week that the international criminal police organisation Interpol is expected to decide on the validity of the international arrest warrant issued by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's regime against oligarch Mohamed Ould Bouamatou. Another umpteenth round in a trench war opposing the two men, who hail from the same ethnic community, keeping a multitude of consultants and lawyers busy in Paris and Nouakchott.
West African Newsletter has made a string of revelations about this acrimonious war of which the only winners, for the moment, are the countless legal advisors, spokespersons and private investigators working for each side. And things look set to stay that way for some time: while the Mauritanian president has assured that he will not be running for another mandate in 2019, Bouamatou is still on the counterattack to re-establish his rights. The thick of the legal wrangle is being thrashed out in Paris.
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