- Three opposition parties on Tuesday flatly refused to partake in Mauritania's transition government.
The parties said their decison has been necessitated by the junta leader's failure to come public on whether he would run for president.
President of the ADJ-MR [Alliance for Justice and Democracy and the Movement for Renovation]was angered by the General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's silence on the military's non-participation in the presidential elections.
The alliance president Ibrahim Sarr joined leaders of the Union of Democratic Forces and the Movement for Direct Democracy to snub the junta. They said the responses they got from the ruling military council were insuffient for them to get involved in a future government.
Initially, the three parties supported the ousting of former president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi on 6 August. The coup leader has assured that elections would be held within a short time without giving a specific date.
Mauritanian politicians were divided in their support for the coup, with 32 parliamentarians boycotting an extra-ordinary session last week. However, majority of the lawmakers have supported the military action.
The 6 August takeover was condemned by the international community that pressured the junta to immediately return constitutional rule in the country.
Suspended by the African Union, Mauritania is also threatened with financial sanctions. On Friday, the World Bank announced suspension of $75 million aid to the West African country.
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