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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 October, 2003, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
Mauritania lays president to rest
A funeral service has been held in Mauritania for the country's first president, Moktar Ould Daddah.

He died in Paris on Tuesday after a long illness.

His body was flown to the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, where a prayer service took place in the central mosque.

Mr Ould Daddah was president from 1961, when Mauritania won its independence from France, until he was overthrown in a bloodless coup 17 years later.

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