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According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Mohamed Cheikh El-Ghazouani is said to have obtained an absolute majority with 51.5% of the vote on the basis of 96% of the polling stations at the end of the first round of the presidential election. was held yesterday Saturday, June 22.

According to Ceni, the participation rate in this poll would exceed 60%.

Mohamed Cheikh El-Ghazouani, the foal of the incumbent president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who can not stand for a third term under the Constitution, had himself declared himself a winner earlier this Sunday morning in front of his supporters, even before the dissemination of Ceni's figures.

"New coup"

This self-proclamation has been described as "new coup" by the four opposition candidates who talk about massive fraud and have decided to reject the results. "The power has lost the electoral battle"assured Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, at a joint press conference with the other three opponents in the ballot. Another candidate, Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, denounced "multiple irregularities" who according to him "take away all credibility" at this election.

According to the – correspondent in Nouakchott, the day after the election is accompanied by a strong presence of police in the capital but also in other cities of the country. On the outskirts of Nouakchott, clashes erupted between young police forces.

This presidential election must mark the first transition between two presidents elected in Mauritania, a country whose past has been marked by numerous coups.

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