Mauritania's parliamentary speaker Messoud ould Boulkheïr, a prominent leader in the anti-coup opposition, has openly come out in favor of the compromise solution that seems to quietly have gained currency: that President Abdellahi is reinstated, but then voluntarily announces premature elections, and that some informal arrangement will guarantee the interests of junta members whatever happens next. The entire FNDD opposition coalition has come out in support.
The Manhasset negotiations process between Morocco and Front POLISARIO has again made a little noise. Good news: it is still moving. Bad news: it is moving backwards. A Moroccan delegation recently spoke to Ban Ki-moon, saying that from now on, any talks must focus on how to implement the king's autonomy plan, not whether to do it -- the Moroccan autonomy plan must be the "sole platform" for future discussions, leaving aside any proposals from POLISARIO. That is of course unacceptable to the Sahrawis, who respond that in such a case, there would be no point in having negotiations at all. (POLISARIO Sec.-Gen. Abdelaziz will be delivering his own message to Ban soon.)
A follow-up: Le Clézio has indeed written about Western Sahara. Not only does Désert -- just dug up a copy -- deal with the Ma el-Ainin uprising, and feature a Sahrawi protagonist. He has also written a book with his wife, Jemia, called Gens des nuages, "People of the Clouds." It is about the couple travelling to the lands of the Laaroussiyine tribe, to which she belongs -- apparently she was born in Rabat, and considers herself a Moroccan Sahrawi.