Nouakchott (IINA) � The Mauritanian National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has approved constitutional amendments after a majority of voters declared "Yes" to changes put to a referendum.
"On Saturday, 85.61 percent of Mauritanians voted for the constitutional amendments," CENI chairman Abdullah Ould Aswid Ahmed told a news conference in the capital Nouakchott. "The voters agreed to abolish the Senate, replace it with regional councils, alter the national flag and merge some constitutional institutions into one body.
Aswid Ahmed explained that 85.61 percent voted for the alteration of the national flag and 85.67 voted to abolish the Senate and replace it with elected regional councils. He pointed out that the turnout in the referendum on the amendment of the national flag was 53.75 percent of the registered voters, while the turnout in the referendum on the abolition of the Senate and its replacement with regional councils was 53.72 percent.
The Mauritanian flag will now feature red bands added to the current green flag with yellow Islamic crescent and star to honor the blood spilt by those who fought for freedom from colonial master France.
Source: International Islamic News Agency