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Mauritania’s president wins re-election polls show

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Mauritania’s President Ould Abdel Aziz has been re-elected for another five-year term after scoring an overwhelming majority in a vote that was boycotted by most of the opposition, preliminary results showed on Sunday.


The Mauritanian electoral commission said Aziz won with nearly 82 percent of the votes, while the next closest candidate obtained just under 9 percent of the ballot.

The commission said turnout in the June 21 election had been at 56.5 percent.

Aziz had been widely expected to win, especially after a group of the West African country’s major opposition parties refused to participate in the election, dismissing it as an electoral sham.

Aziz, who assumed power in a coup in 2008 and won elections a year later, has been a staunch ally of the West in facing the growing terror threat in West Africa.


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