If he is well known to Mauritanians for not using the language of wood in the gallery of the National Assembly, which he has chaired since 2018, Cheikh Ould Baya grants very few interviews. Faced with journalists, the deputy of Zouerate is more measured, not hesitating to take refuge behind his duty of reserve.
Cet ancien colonel, formerly close to ex-president Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz – to whom he moreover owes his appointment – has been able to bounce back and forge good relations with the new head of state, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani. And this, although his name has circulated with insistence among the potential candidates of “Aziz” for the 2019 presidential election. It is nevertheless difficult to forget that the latter’s troubles began following the audit of his two terms of office launched by a parliamentary commission of inquiry… Cheikh Ould Baya explains.
Capcov: Does Mohamed Ould Ghazouani contrast with his predecessors?
Cheikh Old Baya: This is a somewhat complicated question. The president arrived in an extremely particular context, that of Covid-19. The whole world was practically brought to a standstill by this pandemic. Despite everything, our country has not experienced any major difficulties beyond what was foreseeable, and the two governments led by Mohamed Ould Ghazouani have done what they could with the means at their disposal. Not to mention that we relied heavily on gas, but the entry into operation of the GTA field [Grand Tortue Ahmeyim] has been shifted.
Critics are increasingly heard. Should I leave him temps ?