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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.

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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.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP, REUTERS)

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