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Mauritania’s retired army general Mohamed Ghazouani wins presidential election with 52%

Mauritania’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani won the 2019 presidential election with 483 312 votes (52.01%) defeating five other opposition candidates.

The 62-year-old was Mauritania’s army chief of staff for a decade before being appointed defence minister by outgoing president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in November 2018.

Soon after Ghazouani was declared winner opposition candidate Biram Dah Abeid who came second with 172 656 (18.58%) held a press conference citing irregularities that compromised the credibility of the presidential election.

Mauritania’s electoral commission announced that 62.66% of the 1,544,132 registered voters turned out to cast their votes on Saturday, June 22.

Ghazouani is a member of the ruling Union for the Republic (URP) a party formed by ex-president Azizi in 2009 after leading a coup and resigning from the military the previous year.

This will be Mauritania’s first democratic transition after a series of intermittent coup since independent from Portugal.

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani short-biography

  • Born 31 December 1956
  • Joined army in the late 1970’s
  • Masters in Administration and Military Science
  • Announced presidential candidacy on March 1
  • The former head of national security
  • Army chief of staff (2008-2018)
  • Minister of Defence (November 2018 to 2019)
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