- Senior officials of the African Union (AU) have flown to the Mauritania to resolve the crisis sparked off by the ousting of President Sidi Mohamed Ould Abdallahi from power.
The AU Commission chairperson, Jean Ping has been accompanied by the continental body's Peace and Security Commissioner, Ramadan Leemara.
The AU condemned the 6 August coup and even suspended Mauritania's membership until it restores a constitutional government without delay, insisting that the development had deprived the citizens their basic right to freely elect leaders of their choice.
The charitable foundation of the deposed leader's wife is also at loggerheads with the junta for authorising a senate commission to probe its finances. A special parliamentary session convened to deal with some burning issues, including the creation of a commission of inquiry into the finances of the Khattou Mint Boukhary foundation.
Lawyers of the foundation called for an international commission to probe the affairs of their client's activities.
Lawyers Abdoul Lo Gourmo and Moulaye told a news conference that all probes done by the senate's commission will be unfair and that its subjective results will be contested.
They said only an international inquiry commission would guarantee neutrality to shed light the foundation's finances.
Mauritania's ousted President was blamed for blocking investigations into his wife\'s foundation, despite sharp criticisms by opposition parties.
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