General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, leader of Mauritania's junta, announced his resignation late Wednesday to run in a June presidential election. The general ousted the country's democratically elected president in August 2008.
The leader of Mauritania's military junta, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, will quit his post as army general to run in the country's June presidential election. Aziz also warned that African Union sanctions against his regime would fail.
The head of Mauritania's ruling military junta says he will resign by April 22 and vowed that presidential elections will be held as planned. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz called the June 6 vote "the choice of the people”.
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George Ivanov, of the ruling centre-right VMRO-DPMNE party, has won a landslide election victory. He has promised to repair poor ties, with neighbouring Greece, which have hampered Macedonia's efforts to join NATO and the European Union.
Ivan Gasparovic was re-elected Slovakia's president in Saturday's runoff election with 55.53 percent of the vote, against the Christian Democrat Iveta Radicova, the country's first female presidential candidate.