Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani re-elected President of Mauritania


Outgoing President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani won Mauritania’s June 29 presidential election with 56.12% of the vote, according to results released Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Mr. Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani is thus re-elected for a second five-year presidential term, after obtaining 554,956 votes out of a total of approximately 1.07 million voters during the Saturday poll, the CENI specified during a press conference devoted to the publication of the provisional results of the poll.

The number of voters in this election reached 1,074,208 out of a total of 1,939,342 registered, after the counting of all the ballots at more than 4,500 polling stations spread across Mauritania and in some countries abroad, said the president of the CENI, Dah Ould Abdel Jelil.

The number of validated ballots was 988,813, while the number of invalid and blank ballots was 53,787 and 31,608 respectively, he added, noting that the turnout in the June 29 presidential election was 55.6%.

Candidate Biram Dah Abeid came in second place after collecting a score of 218,546 votes, or 22.10%, followed by Hamadi Sidi El Mokhtar Mohamed Abdi, president of the National Rally for Reform and Development Tawassoul, in third place with 126,340 votes (12.78%).

As a reminder, Mr. Ould El Ghazouani won the 2019 presidential election in Mauritania after obtaining 52% of the votes.

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