Union for Democracy and Progress
The Union for Democracy and Progress (French: Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès, UDP) is a political party in Mauritania. The UDP is led by Naha Mint Mouknass, and as of early 2008 it is the only political party in Mauritania that is headed by a woman.
|Leader||Naha Mint Mouknass|
|Founded||11 June 1993|
|National affiliation||Coalition of the Majority|
|Seats in the National Assembly:|
6 / 146
|Seats in the Senate:|
1 / 56
In the 2001 parliamentary elections the party received 8.1% of the popular vote and won three of the 81 seats. In the 2006 parliamentary elections, it won 3 of the 95 seats, whilst in the Senate elections in 2007 it won one of the 56 seats. The party supported Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in the March 2007 presidential election and was part of the presidential majority following his victory. However, after the formation of the government of Prime Minister Yahya Ahmed Ould El Waghef in May 2008, the party left the presidential majority in June 2008, objecting to the composition of the government. It said that, while the opposition had been brought into the government, the UDP had been marginalized; the party also said that "the hope for change born on August 3, 2005 has been compromised", referring to the ouster of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya on that date.
- "Un parti quitte la majorité présidentielle en Mauritanie"[permanent dead link], African Press Agency, June 17, 2008 (in French).
- "Mauritanie: L'UDP affirme son indépendance"[permanent dead link], Panapress (afriquenligne.fr), March 1, 2008 (in French).
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