Na­tion awaits re­sult of vote

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Count­ing be­gan on Satur­day in Mau­ri­ta­nia af­ter a ref­er­en­dum on con­sti­tu­tional changes sought by Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Ould Ab­del Aziz, who de­rided the ef­forts of a boy­cott move­ment that has gal­vanised mass protests dur­ing the cam­paign. Aziz is push­ing to abol­ish the coun­try’s Se­nate and sev­eral other state bod­ies and to make a small al­ter­ation to the na­tional flag, mea­sures that have gal­va­nized boy­cotters hop­ing to sap the vote’s cred­i­bil­ity by forc­ing a low turnout.

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