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Moktar Ould Daddah and Western Sahara, the reasons for a putsch (5&6)

The President of Mauritania Moktar ould Daddah (left), welcomed by Modibo Keita (right), President of Mali during his official visit for the Treaty of Kayes, February 16, 1963. © AFP

By: Alain Foka Follow

On November 14, 1975, Mauritanian President Moktar Ould Daddah signed the Madrid Accords on the partition of Western Sahara.

The pact grants him the south of the territory while Morocco annexes the northern part.

But Algeria, excluded from this division, does not see it that way and declares war on Mauritania.

It carries out commando operations there and arms the Polisario front, the rebels of Western Sahara.


The power of Moktar Ould Daddah is beginning to show some signs of weakness in the face of the dizzying cost of war.


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