World Powers have brushed aside the UN and the African Union’s proposal to appoint former Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz as their joint Special Envoy to Libya, Chadian President Idriss Deby told Jeune Afrique magazine.
The Chadian leader in an interview with the Paris-based magazine did not name the refusing powers, which are very active in the Sahel region where they have been supporting G5 Sahel group. The group is composed of Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, all confronted with terrorism.
According to analysts quoted by le360.ma news outlet, France and the USA might be the powers opposed to Abdel Aziz’s appointment.
The former Mauritanian leader completed his second mandate on August 2 therefore scoring some points for allowing democratic power transfer.
The alleged French and US veto is a blow to the former leader who has been preparing for the position. The former military man reportedly spent some time in London where he was taking some English class.
Online Mauritania media rmibiladi.com has indicated that the former President’s UN dream will not come true. Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, a Mauritanian former UN official, told the media that the past of the man who took power in 2008 will not favor him. Ould Abdallah argued that the UN cannot afford to appoint Ould Abdelaziz who himself bragged for toppling two democratically elected presidents.
The media also indicated that Libyans are unlikely to accept the appointment. The daughter of Abdallah Senoussi, former Libyan top official under Muammar Gaddafi, had accused Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of handing over her father to Libyan authorities in Tripoli in exchange of thousands of dollars.