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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mauritania president-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on a successful re-election, the international relations department said on Thursday.
“President Zuma also praised the people of Mauritania for their peaceful demeanour during the presidential elections,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement.
“To this end, president Zuma said the South African government wished for continued peace, stability, and prosperity for the people of Mauritania.”
Aziz won another five-year term during the June 21 election with 82 percent of the vote, the country's election commission announced on Sunday.
In 2008, Aziz assumed power in a coup and won the election a year later.
“President Zuma is confident that the cordial relations between South Africa and Mauritania will be further strengthened during the second term of president Abdel Aziz,” said Monyela.