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02.02.2014 Mauritania

Mauritanian PM, cabinet resign after vote: state media

By AFP
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (2nd R) walks with African Union (AU) delegates at the 22nd AU summit in Addis Ababa on January 31, 2014.  By Solan Gemechu (AFP/File)
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Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (2nd R) walks with African Union (AU) delegates at the 22nd AU summit in Addis Ababa on January 31, 2014. By Solan Gemechu (AFP/File)

Nouakchott (AFP) - Mauritania's prime minister and his cabinet resigned Sunday, a move that had been expected after the ruling party scored a sweeping victory in legislative and local elections last year.

"Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf has submitted his government's resignation to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz," said state-run news agency AMI.

Abdel Aziz first named him prime minister after he came to power in a 2008 coup.

The Mauritanian government routinely resigns after parliamentary elections.

In elections held in November and December, the ruling Union for the Republic party won 74 seats -- and holds a total of 110 together with its allies -- dominating the 147-member National Assembly, whose new members took office Wednesday.

The election was seen as a test of strength for Abdel Aziz five years after he came to power in a coup and four years after he won a widely contested vote.

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