AU wants more women representation in Mauritanian politics

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AU wants more women representation in Mauritanian politics

Nouakchott, Mauritania - An African Union (AU) observer mission to the Mauritanian municipal and legislative polls, led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, has recommended that the Mauritanian government should create an environment which will allow more women participate in the country's political process.

Speaking Tuesday to the media, Ouyahia, who monitored the elections in November and December, said the measure would put the country on the international map as one which encourages gender parity.

Since 2006, the law in Mauritania requires only 20 per cent women representation on the list of candidates for national and municipal assembly polls.

In the first round of the legislative elections on 23 November, women won about 25 per cent of the seats available at the National Assembly.


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