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Mauritania’s Ould Abeid rejects results

Africa

Nouakchott - A candidate who came second in Mauritania's June 21 presidential election on Tuesday rejected results announced by the national election commission, contending that fraud and irregularities marred the voting.

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A campaign poster for incumbent presidential candidate Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is illuminated at night in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Picture: Joe Penney

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won another five-year term with 82 percent of the vote, the election commission announced on Sunday following an election that was boycotted by most opposition parties.

Anti-slavery campaigner Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid came in a distant second with nine percent of the vote.

“We have filed an appeal at the Constitutional Council,” Ould Abeid told a news conference in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, accusing the government of having influenced the election in order to favour President Abdel Aziz.

“If these elections were held under normal circumstances, I would get between 35 and 40 percent,” he said.

Two other unsuccessful candidates in the election have accepted the results and congratulated the president.

Abdel Aziz, a Western ally in the fight against al-Qaeda-linked Islamists in West Africa, has run the nation straddling black and Arab Africa since he won a contested 2009 vote after leading a coup the year before. - Reuters

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