Mauritania celebrated the 13th anniversary of its independence from France, a few days late this year on Tuesday (4 December).
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Background: Mauritania celebrated the 13th anniversary of its independence from France, a few days late this year on Tuesday (4 December).
The celebrations in Nouakchott, the nation's capital, to mark the anniversary should strictly have taken place on 27 November, but they were delayed because President Moktar Ould Daddah was away.
The anniversary celebrations began with a flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Palace early in the morning. Throughout the day, there were various military and civilian ceremonies around the capital, including a parade by Mauritania's Armed Forces and the opening of a refrigeration plant at the city's wharf. One of the day's highlights - a display by a team of parachutists.
In his "State of the Nation" address, President Ould Daddah spoke of Afro-Arabian Solidarity, and also of the "new foundations of friendship" between Mauritania and France. He also called on Spain to speed up the decolonisation of its territories in the Sahara.
President Ould Daddah, who has held Mauritania's highest office since Independence, has worked to unite the Moslem population to the north with minority African negroes to the south. About 85 per cent of the population is nomadic, but this year Mauritania has been able to develop its economy to such an extent that it is strong enough to introduce its own monetary system, breaking away from monetary dependence on France.
Economic policies and development, as well as the country's racial affairs were mentioned in the "State of the Nation" address by President Ould Daddah.