Well, it seems as though Mauritania has had another coup.
After the coup while I was there, there was a real potential for instability and a power grap for the newly deloping oil money. I was proud of Mauritania as a country when the junta responsible for the coup disallowed themselves from being a part of the elections and a new president was chosen in peaceful and free elections.
The current controversy seems to be over an innappropriate exercise of “personal power” having to do with the President and his cabinet. I attempted to get more info from my favorite paper while in Mauritania, the Nouakchott Info, but the site is down at the moment (and I don’t really speak French anymore in any case).