Mauritanian court confirms upholds Ghazouani’s victory

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Mauritania’s Constitutional Council has dismissed an appeal by opposition candidates challenging the victory of Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in the last month’s presidential election.

The court ruled that the former general and defence minister won 52% of the vote, as preliminary results had indicated.

“The candidate (Mohamed Ould Ghazouani) … is proclaimed president, having acquired an absolute majority in the first round,” council member Haimoud Ba said at a press conference.

Some opposition candidates had questioned the credibility of the vote, sparking some small-scale protests in the capital Nouakchott.

But Council President Bathia Mamadou Diallo explained the decision to reject the complaints saying, “Ninety-nine percent of the arguments are general allegations… no proof was provided.”

The election was the first in the history of the Mauritania to choose a successor to a democratically elected president.

Ghazouani succeeds Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who took power in a 2008 coup, won elections in 2009 and 2014.

 

 




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