DAKAR — The Mauritanian government says President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz plans to return Saturday after a six-week stay in France to recover from what the government said was an accidental shooting by a soldier at a checkpoint.
Opposition groups in Mauritania say President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s prolonged absence was unacceptable and are calling for political transition in the coup-prone West African country.
The president went to France on October 14 after being wounded during what he later said was an accidental shooting outside the capital, Nouakchott.
Abdel Aziz told reporters Tuesday in Paris that he planned to return to Mauritania in the next few days.
The government said a Mauritanian soldier mistakenly shot at the president’s vehicle when it failed to stop at a checkpoint the evening of October 13. The soldier reportedly responsible for the shooting then went on national television to confirm the government version of events.