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Mauritania opposition protest referendum

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<p>Police in Mauritania on Thursday fired teargas to disperse opposition members who were protesting against a referendum to be held on Saturday.</p> <p>Opponents say the vote would pave way for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to seek third consecutive term </p> <p>The Police intervened as demonstrators opposing the constitutional amendment met in the west of the capital, Nouakchott.</p> <p>The riot took place less than two hours to the start of a meeting in which President Abdel Aziz had promised he would make an important announcement.</p> <p>The amendment of the constitution, which the radical opposition considers illegal, provides for the abolition of several institutions, including the Senate which would be replaced by regional councils elected. </p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>