The former president of the West African state of Mauritania has said he was stunned by the coup that ousted him from power.
Deposed President Taya said he was surprised by the coup
Army officers overthrew President Maaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya in a bloodless revolt on Wednesday.
Speaking for the first time since the coup, Mr Taya said he had been shocked to find out who was behind it.
He was toppled by the former security chief and close colleague, Colonel Ely Ould Mohammed Vall.
Friends and enemies
"My situation reminds me of the old adage: 'God, save me from my friends, I'll take care of my enemies'," President Taya told Radio France Internationale from Niger.
"I was stunned by the coup d'etat [...] and even more so when I heard who were the authors," Mr Taya said.
President Taya, who survived a number of coup attempts in his 21-year rule, was returning from the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia when the coup took place.
Col Vall, 55, has been director of national security since 1987 and, after played a key role in the 1984 coup which brought Mr Taya to power.
President Taya has been re-elected three times since.
Correspondents say he later made enemies among Islamists in the country, which is an Islamic republic.
Critics accuse the government of using the US-led war on terror to crack down on Islamic opponents.
Mr Taya had also prompted widespread opposition by establishing links with Israel, making Mauritania one of only three Arab states to have done so.
Last year nearly 200 people, including former President Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah, were put on trial for a series of alleged coup plots.