#Mauritania opened another emergency session of parliament, Sunday 15 Jan 2012.
Along with changes to the constitution, they are reviewing electoral law, press & media, election commission, and elections for both senate members and the president. What a shopping list! Imagine all these changes to be rushed through and only majority members from the main and opposition parties allowed in the session.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the opposition held a huge rally in Nouadhibou yesterday and issued a statement today calling for the president, General Aziz, to make serious reforms or get out.
I regret having to accuse the only sizeable political opposition of making amateur mistakes, but Aziz is only the representative of what’s wrong with Mauritania, just like Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya and Assad in Syria. Getting him out is not a complete solution, it is only part of the beginning. So in my opinion, making such demands without also mentioning the role of the military in governance for example, is a poor foundation for serious dialogue leading towards lasting change.